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Vehicle Maintenance - Level 2 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Have you recently completed your Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair? Maybe you have prior experience in the industry and are looking for a qualification? 

Whether you have experience in light vehicle repair or simply love cars and motor vehicles, our Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance offers the essential skills you need to take your training to the next level.

You gain an industry-recognised qualification and hands-on experience as a first step towards a career in the motor vehicle trade.

Our course is a recognised entry requirement for working as a Service Technician, so you can start working in a garage, dealership or maintenance depot the minute you finish your last assignment.

Course content

You extend your knowledge to progress towards the minimum qualifications or skill levels required for entry into industry. Topics covered are: 

Engine lubrication, engine cooling, fuel and exhaust systems, spark ignition systems, electrical systems, braking systems, transmission systems, steering and suspension systems, wheel and tyre systems, bench fitting, workshop methods and processes, and basic routine vehicle maintenance. 

This Level 2 award builds on the entry level units and allows you to broaden your practical skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this Level 2 programme will normally have:
- a strong interest in motor vehicles
- a commitment to working towards improving English and maths
- the ability to discuss past experiences of education and future ambitions in an interview 
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an initial assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


The assessment of this qualification is made up of 2 components:

a. IMI Awards - Practical Tasks
b. IMI Awards - Online Testing

The programme emphasises learning by doing. It offers a good blend of practical workshop skills and activities linked to underpinning knowledge which is delivered in the classroom. 

The moodle (virtual learning) site allows you to view further information on the units and link to interactive activities. 

The breakdown for the course is: 60% practical, 35% theory and portfolio building, 5% functional skills and tutorials.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you for employment as a work-based learner (apprentice) in the motor trade or further full-time study in motor vehicle.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPMVE2


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