York College

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Metal working production and maintenance fitters

Up to £36,000

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Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians

Up to £28,000

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Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers

Up to £34,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.

This course offers an exciting and enjoyable programme of study for people interested in a career in the motor vehicle trade.


One year.

What will I study?

The course is designed to give students an insight into how the motor vehicle works and how to work safely and efficiently within a motor vehicle environment using the correct tools and equipment. It is aimed at students who prefer and respond to 'hands-on' learning.

You will study mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units will include topics such as:

  • Introduction to Motor Vehicle Workshop Safety
  • Introduction to Retail Automotive Maintenance and Repair Industry
  • Introduction to Workshop Tools and Equipment
  • Principles of Engine Components and Operation
  • Principles of Light Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Principles of Component Fitting
  • Routine Cooling and Lubrication System Checks
  • Routine Braking System Checks
  • Routine Wheel and Tyre Checks
  • Routine Vehicle Checks
  • Basic Vehicle Valeting
  • Light Vehicle Construction

Optional units may include:

  • Vehicle Driveline Maintenance
  • Vehicle Lighting System Maintenance
  • Spark Ignition System Maintenance
  • Introduction to Spark Ignition Fuel Systems
  • Introduction to Compression Ignition Fuel Systems
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance Processes and Procedures

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by online assessment and practical tasks.

What could it lead to?

The main progression route at the end of the course is onto the Level 1 VRQ full-time diploma course in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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