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Vehicle Technology Entry 3 Foundation Diploma Group C at Eastleigh College

Course description

This qualification is designed to engage and motivate students who are interested in learning about the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry.

Course content

You will develop your knowledge and skills in:

  • health and safety practices and good housekeeping
  • tools, equipment and materials
  • spark ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • compression ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more)
  • vehicle braking systems components and maintenance
  • vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance
  • vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance
  • vehicle electrical foundation skills

All students studying on this programme will have a period in a local garage workshop and the colleges own MOT station to gain valuable work experience to prepare them for employment.

Programme tutors will arrange visits to industry based events, such as the Motorsport Show.

The study programme is 16 hours per week for 36 weeks and students will be expected to complete an additional two hours minimum of self-study each week. The timetable is usually over two and a half consecutive days.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade A*-G as well as a genuine interest in gaining experience of working in the retail automotive industry.

Candidates will be required to undertake BKSB assessment in Maths and English, and attend a College interview.


The programme comprises practical tasks and technology in the form of underpinning knowledge. You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • workshop based competence tasks and questioning
  • written assessments
  • external online testing
  • Functional Skills assessments in Maths and English
  • E-portfolio of evidence to show your competence and understanding of the qualification and skills

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You will need to provide suitable overalls and safety boots which must always be worn during all workshop activities, as well as a folder for your learning materials and pens as you will be expected to keep a record of your learning.

Future opportunities

This programme is suitable for those individuals who wish to undertake a qualification which will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry, either directly or after completion of further study such as Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance or an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 March 2016

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