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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 2 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This Level 2 diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair is designed to give students the opportunity to work within a more technical side of the industry. You will need a good understanding of maths and English to succeed on this course. This specialist work related qualification is designed to support learners to progress straight into employment through the use of a variety of topics which will challenge them not only in the classroom but also in the workshop.

Course content

The course has five main units that are covered over a 34 week period. Learners will start with the manufacturing of a tool and then move on to the motor vehicle specialist units. The first specialist unit is engine technology which will cover the technical side of modern systems. It includes an understanding of modern diesel and the fuel injection system. The next unit relates to vehicle chassis and includes; braking, steering and suspension and will reflect the work learners will be undertaking in the industry. The transmission unit includes the removal of complex units and the correct procedure for refitting them. Electrical systems form an important part of modern vehicle technology and the final unit goes into depth on this. Due to the nature of this unit a good knowledge of maths is important.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs (D or above) including English or successful completion of a Level 1 course with Functional Skills Maths and English). If you have not already achieved a Level 2 or GCSE grade C or above in English or Maths, you will be expected to work towards a qualification as part of your vocational course. This will increase your chances of employment or progression onto higher education. You will be assessed and put onto a suitable course which will enable you to achieve a qualification.Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager and Curriculum Director.


  • Practical Assessments – these are practical tasks set by the awarding body
  • Online Testing – these are multi-choice questions covering all of the units that you will study
  • College Devised Assessments – these are ‘end of unit’ assessments to test your underpinning knowledge.

Financial information

Students are required to purchase steel toe boots (£15), cargo pants (£13), sweatshirt (£10) and polo shirt (£10). Please ask the Motor Vehicle staff for details on interview.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course you can progress to a Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualification or onto an Apprenticeship via full-time employment.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

You will have the opportunity to work on staff cars in the motor vehicle workshop but also complete some hours at a local garage. This is arranged through the college.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

During your course, there will be the opportunity to get involved in a variety of trips which will help you to gain a better understanding of the area in which you would like to work.We have visited the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port, as well as the Ford and Bentley factories this year.

Are there any links with industry?

Our Motor Vehicle teaching staff have a wealth of industry experience and draw on this to enrich the course, linking your studies to the automotive industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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    • By Rail: Anyone travelling by train should disembark at Central Station in Warrington. Our Winwick Road Campus is around a 20 minute walk along the A49 (you will pass the Warrington Wolves RLFC stadium and the Tesco supermarket on your left).

      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.