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Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Mechanics - Intermediate at West Thames College

Course description

Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service car air-conditioning systems.

Other jobs include car and car part sales and working for a vehicle leasing company.

Normal pay for vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians is £24,336 per year. New workers generally start around £15,000 while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,000.

Course content

You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Competency in health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Competency in supporting job roles in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of support for job roles in the automotive environment
  • Knowledge of materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
  • Skills in materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
  • Competency in routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Knowledge of routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Knowledge of light vehicle engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Knowledge of light vehicle fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle engine units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Knowledge of removing and replacing light vehicle transmission and driveline units and components.

You will study a selection of the following optional units:

  • Competency in identifying and agreeing motor vehicle customer service needs
  • Knowledge of how to identify and agree motor vehicle customer service needs
  • Competency in inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Knowledge of inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle Transmission units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle Transmission units
  • Competency in overhauling light vehicle steering and suspension units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle steering and suspension units
  • Competency in removing and replacing light vehicle driveline units and components
  • Competency in removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non permanently fixed vehicle body panels
  • Knowledge of removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non permanently fixed vehicle body panels.

Entry requirements

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older with a strong commitment towards gaining the skills and qualifications needed to help progress in a career in motor vehicle maintenance. You should be working at least 30 hours per week in a service technician role, such as:

  • Light or heavy service maintenance technician
  • Motorcycle service technician
  • Auto electrical technician
  • Mobile electrical installation technician
  • Heavy vehicle trailer technician
  • Lift truck technician.

 

Assessment

To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

Competence qualification: Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (IMI).You must achieve a minimum of 93 credits from mandatory units and 5 credits from optional units to achieve this qualification. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Knowledge qualification: Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (IMI). Most of the knowledge will be learnt in the classroom in college. Some may also be delivered online and some in the workplace.

Personal learning and thinking skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

Transferable skills qualifications:

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on theInstructus website.

Financial information

You do not have to pay to complete this apprenticeship. 

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, candidates may wish to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or into full-time employment in the automotive sector. Following further training and development, career pathways may include roles such as diagnostic technician, service adviser or maintenance controller. As an experienced technician, you could carry out MOT tests, convert standard engines to liquid petroleum gas (LPG), customise vehicles, or work on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email apprenticeships@west-thames.ac.uk

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

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: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Course code: APP0159
  • Web url: west-thames.ac.uk

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • General Enquiries
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8326 2000
    • Email address:
    • info@west-thames.ac.uk

Venues

  • More information
    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.