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Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Diploma (Apprenticeship) at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

If you are interested in working as a Motor Vehicle technician and look forward to the challenge of work, but want to keep learning in a practical way, then this course is for you.

An Advanced Apprenticeship is a way for you to acquire the skills required to become a fully-qualified technician. It provides the opportunity to get the qualifications and experience you will need for jobs of the future.

Apprenticeships also offer quality training to industry standards. They are designed by employers for employees - so you can be sure you are getting the skills the industry want.

You must be employed as the practical element is assessed at your workplace.

Course content

The course consists of work based learning and knowledge gained from attending college one-day a week. Some of the units include:

- Health & Safety in the Workplace
- Employer Rights and Responsibilities
- Vehicle Chassis Systems
- Vehicle Engines
- Vehicle Electrics and Electronics
- Pre & Post Inspections
- Service & Maintenance
- Transmission Systems

Entry requirements

GCSEs in the A* - C range or equivalent qualifications in Maths, English, Science and IT Entry is also subject to an initial assessment which will be carried out at College

Assessment

Knowledge units:

- Projects/assignments, external assessments/tests and professional discussion

Performance units:

- Practical activities in the workplace or as appropriate in simulated conditions.

All Performance Units will be assessed and evidence referenced in a log book.

Apprenticeships are built around Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), formerly National Vocational Qualifications (NVQSs). You will work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair.

You will be assessed on your knowledge by on line tests, written tests and written assignments within the college and you will be assessed on practical tasks in the workplace; here you will gather evidence to prove that you can meet the required standards set by the industry.

Future opportunities

This qualification is accepted by the repair industry as the basic mechanic qualification and would be acceptable to gain employment.

Further information

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*- C grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2015
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    • Woodlands Campus

      An £8.5 million expansion of our Woodlands Campus now incorporates a new state of the art specialist centre for multi-craft, bricklaying, painting and decorating, plastering, carpentry and an expanded motor vehicle training facility. A new sports pitch also enhances the existing sports facilities.

      The new Engineering and Construction facility houses twelve new workshops; six for construction and six for motor vehicle. The rooms accommodate an MOT/motor sport workshop; an engine workshop and further rooms for decorating, plastering and brickwork.

      Woodlands has purpose-built engineering workshops as well as commercial-standard hair and beauty salons. Our IT facilities, learning resource centres and library are also first-rate.

      We also offer a selection of higher education courses at our Woodlands Campus so you can continue your studies with us.

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      The main bus terminal in north Solihull is located in Chelmsley Wood centre. The number 94, 676, 694, 71, 966 and 966A stop at the main terminal with the number 94 stopping on Auckland Drive. The nearest train stations are Marston Green or Water Orton station both located approximately 20 minutes away.

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      The College has free car parking facilities on-site.