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Motor Vehicle Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Advanced Apprenticeship at Boston College

Course description

This course is designed to enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and competence required by the modern automotive service repair industry. 

To enrol on an apprenticeship course you must be employed by an approved automotive business that can provide the ‘on the job’ training and work experience needed to complete the qualification.

Course content

As an Apprentice you will receive ‘on-the-job’ training at your workplace and also attend ‘day release’ training at Boston College.     

The Apprenticeship framework consists of several elements which have been identified by employers as the foundation for a competent automotive technician: 

These elements are: 
Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation. 

PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning. 

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College. 

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification. 

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification. 

The qualifications you will study within your Apprenticeship framework are Diploma in Light Vehicle maintenance and repair principles, and Diploma in Light Vehicle maintenance and repair competence. 

The diploma is delivered 50% in the classroom and 50% in the workshop by lecturers who have worked in the automotive industry. Course content includes health, safety and good housekeeping, job roles within the automotive industry, vehicle systems, components, inspection and repair methods, materials and fabrication skills. 

An additional self study assignment is required to complete the Employment Rights and Responsibilities unit. 

Delivery of the qualification is supplemented by visits to vehicle manufacturers, museums and shows, this helps broaden your perspective of progression opportunities following successful completion of the course. 

The employer will also provide training whilst you are at work and this will contribute to the learning and accreditation process through the collection of evidence. 

You will have regular reviews with a training advisor to help you to plan your learning journey on an individual basis.  This is your opportunity to plan realistic targets and maximise your potential.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship. 3 GCSEs at grades D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) including Maths and English (or equivalent). 

Relevant industry employment.


Successful completion of each unit is achieved by passing online exams and practical assessments. 

You will also collect evidence from your workplace to show that you are competent.  An assessor will observe you at work to ensure you meet the standards needed to gain the qualification. 

Note: only successful completion of all elements will give you the full apprenticeship qualification.

Financial information

Additional costs include educational materials (pens, folders, text books etc.) and financial contribution towards the cost of educational visits.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship provides a Level 3 qualification which is the starting point for many specialised vocational training schemes such as MOT testing, manufacturer specific training, diagnostic specialist training. 

You may also wish to continue your training with further courses in automotive business management or motorsport through higher education or university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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