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Motor Vehicle Level 2 at Kendal College

Course description

This course will enable you to develop your skills further and gain greater understanding of the systems and requirements of the motor vehicle engineering industry covering specialised units of chassis, engine, transmission, electrics and maintenance.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

You will work on a range of real jobs (working on student’s and tutor’s cars) in our industry standard workshop.

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.

You will gain the following transferable skills on this programme: managing money, ordering parts, problem solving and communicating with customers.

All of our learners will be provided with support with English and Maths skills (where relevant). Those students who have not yet achieved a C grade at GCSE, in these subjects, will continue to work towards achieving these qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

This course will cover such topics as:

- Chassis
- Steering
- Brakes
- Suspension
- Engines
- Electrics
- Maintenance

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.

Entry requirements

If you are new to motor vehicle engineering you must complete Level 2 before applying for Level 3.

You should have four GCSEs at A*-D including A-C GCSE English and Maths or a science subject.

Alternatively you should have a City Guilds Certificate/ Diploma in Maintenance and Repair at Level 1 at Merit or Distinction to get on to Level 2 and show an appropriate gain in academic ability throughout the Level 1 course or have trade experience, together with enthusiasm, commitment, and a keenness to develop a career in the motor industry. All applications are subject to an interview and guidance session with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.


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.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.