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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

The Motor Vehicle Department of Kendal College offers a dedicated workshop, boasting industry-standard equipment, tools, and diagnostic systems. The three members of staff who run the department have over 50 years of combined industry experience, working for a variety of manufacturers, franchised dealers, and independent operators.

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Jonathan Chadburn | Level 1 Motor Vechicle

The course is very practical which is really good as this is how I learn best; I especially enjoy the sessions where we are able to work on cars. Through my work experience, I have been able to work in a professional garage which I found really beneficial. My next step is the Level 2 Qualification then hopefully a Level Three Apprenticeship.

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Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the basic topics involved in the servicing and maintenance of vehicles and different engine types and will provide you with the initial knowledge and skills required to gain employment within the industry.

This course usually takes place over three days per week, and you can expect to work on a range of systems: from practice engines and gearboxes to genuine cars (working on vehicles belonging to students and tutors) in our industry standard workshop.

You will also gain the transferable skills on this programme, such as managing money, ordering parts, problem-solving, and communicating with customers.

The department organises a variety of trips throughout the year, for example, go-karting at Cumbria Karting and a visit to the Motorsport Show at NEC Birmingham. Work experience in local businesses is also offered.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 at GCSE in these subjects, will continue to work towards these essential qualifications at a level suited to them.

Topics include:
Engine systems; Chassis systems; Brakes; Steering; Suspension; Wheels and tyres; Transmission; Electrical
; Routine maintenance; and Basic engineering skills.

Your understanding of motor vehicle technology will be assessed via two online exams - the first in November and the second in April/May. The practical work will be assessed by direct observation and job cards, which are written up.

In the workshop, you will be observed and assessed carrying out practical tasks set by the workshop assessors. A portfolio is compiled during the year course showing all the Exams and Workshop Tasks completed, and this will be externally assessed by City & Guilds. Successful completion of the course will result in you achieving a Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the Level 1 Motor Vehicle course, you will need:
- GCSE English, at Grade 3 or below

- GCSE Maths, at Grade 3 or below

You should ideally have relevant mechanical workshop experience, but this will be gained during the course. You will need lots of enthusiasm, a commitment to learning, and a real passion for developing a career in the motor vehicle industry. All applications are subject to an interview and guidance session with the course tutor, followed by a workshop aptitude test.

After Your Course

After you complete the course, you can progress onto the Level 2 full-time course, an apprenticeship, or you may gain employment at a main dealership, specialist garage or engineering establishment.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700