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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in land-based studies & uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in four course areas.
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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Our Motor Vehicle department offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard equipment, tools, and diagnostic systems. The three members of staff who run the department have over 50 years of combined industry experience, working for a variety of manufacturers, franchised dealers, and independent operators.

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Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the basic topics involved in the servicing and maintenance of vehicles and different engine types and will provide you with the initial knowledge and skills required to gain employment within the industry.

This course usually takes place over three days per week, and you can expect to work on a range of systems: from practice engines and gearboxes to genuine cars (working on vehicles belonging to students and tutors) in our industry standard workshop.

You will also gain the transferable skills on this programme, such as managing money, ordering parts, problem-solving, and communicating with customers.

The department organises a variety of trips throughout the year, for example, go-karting at Cumbria Karting and a visit to the Motorsport Show at NEC Birmingham. Work experience in local businesses is also offered.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in these subjects, will continue to work towards these essential qualifications at a level suited to them.

Topics include:
Engine systems; Chassis systems; Brakes; Steering; Suspension; Wheels and tyres; Transmission; Electrical
; Routine maintenance; and Basic engineering skills.

Your understanding of motor vehicle technology will be assessed via two online exams - the first in November and the second in April/May. The practical work will be assessed by direct observation and job cards, which are written up.

In the workshop, you will be observed and assessed carrying out practical tasks set by the workshop assessors. A portfolio is compiled during the year course showing all the Exams and Workshop Tasks completed, and this will be externally assessed by City & Guilds. Successful completion of the course will result in you achieving a Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Level 1 Motor Vehicle course, you will need:
- GCSE English, at Grade 3 or below

- GCSE Maths, at Grade 3 or below

You should ideally have relevant mechanical workshop experience, but this will be gained during the course. You will need lots of enthusiasm, a commitment to learning, and a real passion for developing a career in the motor vehicle industry. All applications are subject to an interview and guidance session with the course tutor, followed by a workshop aptitude test.

After Your Course

After you complete the course, you can progress onto the Level 2 full-time course, an apprenticeship, or you may gain employment at a main dealership, specialist garage or engineering establishment.

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Open Evening

5 May 2021 16:00 – 20:00