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Light Vehicle Maintenance Certificate level 2 at Leicester College

Course description

This course is for those who are looking for a challenge in a practical working environment, working on all types of cars. It’s suitable for both school leavers and progressing or mature students that are not employed in the automotive industry but want the opportunity to develop occupational knowledge and skills. It will provide you with an understanding of the importance of health and safety to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained. The course will cover all light vehicle technologies at an intermediate level. The course covers all main systems in depth and practical experience in maintaining them. You will have practical assessments based on observations of practical activities in the workshop, written assessments based on completion of theory worksheets in the classroom and online exams. On completion of the course, you will earn an IMI full Certificate at level 2. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The Certificate is a vocational subject-based learning programme covering all elements both the theory and practical aspects of the following: Light Vehicle routine maintenance, operating principles of engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, operating principles and maintenance of transmission and electrical systems. Personal and Social Development and Functional Skills are compulsory elements of the course. The program has been designed to improve your understanding of these different light vehicle systems and to further develop knowledge and skills in maintenance procedures on all major systems, including topics such as engine operating principles, braking, suspension, steering and tyre systems, transmission systems, fuel and exhaust systems, charging and electrics systems, as well compulsory health and safety, tools and equipment and job roles in the automotive industry. The course will have a practical focus with the emphasis on gaining the skills and understanding of tasks on light vehicles. The aim is to give you confidence in procedures to an intermediate level and so you will be given opportunities to practice skills and techniques learnt in our fully equipped light vehicle workshop. There is online learning via the colleges Moodle site, where lectures, handouts, course scheduled and other learner resources can be found and utilised by all students.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work. Three GCSEs in English, maths and one other subject at grade 3 (D) or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English are required, along with a Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. If applicable, evidence of recent academic attendance of 90% and a reference will be required. You must also be able to demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning in the automotive industry. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course is designed to give students hands-on practical experience on carry-out maintenance and repair procedures and is delivered and assessed practically in the most part with an element of written assessments to ensure systems theory is understood, coupled with three online exams. Your tutor will provide explanations, demonstrations and guide you through practical activities. Practical assessments are based on observations of practical activities, written assessments are based on completions of worksheets. On completion of the course you will earn a full IMI Level 2 Certificate. You will be assessed through the use of practical, theory and online assessments that will be witnessed and signed off by our specialists.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

This course is for students considering a career in the automotive industry. The qualification offers you progression opportunities to study at level 3 Light Vehicle maintenance. You will need to demonstrate good attendance of at least 90% and gain a good reference from your programme lead in order to progress to the next level. Alternatively, you are encouraged to apply for apprenticeships following successful completion of this course. Employment in this sector would be part of the National Apprenticeship Scheme.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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