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Sept 2019
Start Time
1 Year
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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

The Motor Vehicle Department of Kendal College 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 enable you to develop your light vehicle maintenance and repair skills further. You will also gain a greater understanding of the systems and requirements of the motor vehicle engineering industry, and cover specialised units on chassis, engine, transmission, electrics and maintenance.

This course will cover the required knowledge and understanding to be able to inspect, overhaul, and maintain aspects of light vehicles, such as steering and suspension, brakes and transmission, engines and cooling, ignition and lighting, and maintenance routines for older and modern vehicles.

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.

Your learning will be developed through a balanced combination of practical workshop based tasks commonly carried out in the motor industry and supported by classroom work.

Your understanding of motor vehicle technology will be assessed via six online exams in November, January, February, March, April and May. The practical work will be assessed by direct observation and job cards, which are written up.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Level 2 Motor Vehicle course, you will need:
- Level 1 Diploma in Light Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
- GCSE English, Grade 4 or above
- GCSE Maths, Grade 4 or above
- GCSE Science, Grade 4 or above
- One more GCSE at Grade 4 or above

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, and may include a workshop aptitude test.

After Your Course

After you complete the course, you can progress onto the Level 3 full-time course, an apprenticeship, or you may gain employment at a main dealership, specialist garage or engineering establishment.



Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

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23 November 2019 10:00 - 15:00