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Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) Level 2 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will normally study one day per week in college and spend the rest of the week at work, usually at least 30 hours per week.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship covers subjects such as the servicing and repair of motor vehicles, braking systems, lighting systems, suspension systems,  steering systems, electrical systems, basic motor vehicle engineering skills and industrial skills.

Course content

Apprentices study related NVQs, Technical Certificates and Functional Skills. During the course you will develop your theoretical knowledge, as well as skills in the workplace.

The Apprenticeship will cover such topics as

1. Maintenance

2. Electrical Systems

3. Driveline

4. Chassis - steering, braking & suspension

5. Engine - internal & external

Entry requirements

Level 2 programmes require four GCSEs at A*-D including English and Maths or a science subject; Level 3 requires four GCSEs at A*-C including English and Maths or a science subject.

Progression from one level to another is subject to successful completion of your course including key/functional skills and a tutor reference. Direct entrants must have the relevant GCSE profile or equivalent or trade experience. All applicants will require an interview with the course tutor and in some cases, a trade test.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in. Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.


Assessment will be undertaken on a range of performance knowledge-based tasks, both in the College’s real work environment and on site. You will require a high volume of evidence from the workplace, in particular, the diagnostic module, and will sit 5 online exams.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Future opportunities

Mechanic /Motor-vehicle-technician

Completion of the Apprenticeship can lead to the Advanced Apprenticeship.

Recognition of your qualifications by employers can lead to rapid career development in the workplace. The Advanced Apprenticeship can lead on to Higher Education.

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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