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Motor Vehicle Level 1 at Kendal College

Course description

This course will introduce you to the basic topics involved in the servicing and maintenance of vehicles and different engine types and will provide you with the first skills to gain employment within the industry. Topics include an understanding of the operating principles of braking systems, gearbox and clutch systems, electrical systems and basic motor vehicle engineering skills.

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 given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important 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

Topics include: 

- Engine systems 
- Chassis systems 
- Brakes 
- Steering 
- Suspension 
- Wheels and tyres 
- Transmission 
- Electrical 
- Routine maintenance 
- Basic engineering skills

Entry requirements

You should have two GCSEs at D-G including English or relevant 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 two online exams - the first in November and the second in April/May. The practical work will be assessed by direct observation and job cards, which are written up.

In the workshop you will be observed and assessed carrying out practical tasks set by the workshop assessors. 

A portfolio is compiled during the year course showing all the Exams and Workshop Tasks completed, and this will be externally assessed by City & Guilds.

Future opportunities

After you complete the course, you can progress onto the Level 2 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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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      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.