Transition into Motor Vehicle
This is for learners who would like to study for a Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle/Motor Car Technology, you will be part of the foundation learning department and will have additional support from this team to support you whilst you are at college. This Course is designed to engage and motivate 14–19-year-olds who are interested in learning about the maintenance of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry.
The qualification has a practical approach to assessment and includes many visual questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest the learner. The learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of task-based assessment, observation, oral questioning and online assessments.
The Diploma is currently suitable as the vocational subject-based learning component of Foundation Learning.
Whilst you are on this course you will do theory classes learning the technical knowledge you need to go into the industry but you will also do practical skills in a fully equipped motor mechanics workshop. Some of the subjects you will study include:
- Tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: tyre wear patterns that indicate faults in other systems, types and routine maintenance for wheel bearings, faults on braking and suspension systems, operating principles and routine maintenance for steering systems
- Inspection and service of motor vehicles and all related components such as, oil filters, air filters, fuel filters, pollen filters, belts, spark plugs and glow plugs
- Engine fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: faults for spark ignition and diesel engines, mechanical, cooling and internal heating and air filtration systems, adjustment methods for fuel injected and carburettor systems, diesel injection systems, operation and common faults for electronic and conventional ignition systems
- Transmission fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: common faults in final drives and drive shaft systems, operating principles and routine maintenance for automatic and manual transmission and clutch systems
- Electrical and electronic systems fault diagnosis and routine maintenance: common faults and testing methods for battery *Charging, starting and auxiliary systems
Where possible work experience opportunities will be arranged and you will have the opportunity to work on a group project.
What areas will I study?
As well as learning about motor mechanics, you will also have support to develop your confidence, build your self-esteem, learn skills to work as a team and on your own initiative. You will have a personal tutor to support and guide you throughout the course with any issues you may have whilst at college. You may also be eligible for additional one to one or group support in class dependent upon your needs. You will also have the opportunity to explore and develop your employability and career pathway options. Learning how to search for jobs or further educational courses to set you on your way to a career in the automobile industry
FUNCTIONAL SKILLS Functional Skills are a compulsory part of the course. Students set targets to improve their skills and gain qualifications, in English, Maths and/or IT. The Functional Skills and levels taken are based on initial assessment and previous GCSE results. There is a particular emphasis on skills required for level 1 Diploma in vehicle maintenance. Students build up a folder of evidence from their vocational work and may be required to sit one or more tests.