Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Course Overview

The Level 2 Diploma course has been designed to give students an understanding of the electrical and mechanical systems that are used on a motor vehicle in terms of operation, design and maintenance.

The course has been designed to give the learner an insight into the motor industry by completing a number of set tasks, along with multi-choice examinations to test knowledge.

During workshop sessions diagnostic equipment is included into the assessment process. Embedded into the programme are essential skills that will develop the students’ numeracy, communication and IT skills to build confidence both in the classroom and workshop.

A number of supplementary tasks are also included which enhance the students’ learning. These qualifications were developed in collaboration with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the Sector Skills Council for the Automotive Retail Industry. 


  • Knowledge of Health, Safety & Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Knowledge of Support for Job Roles in the Automotive Work Environment
  • Knowledge of Materials, Fabrication, Tools & Measuring Devices used in the Automotive Environment.
  • Introduction to Vehicle Technology and Workshop Methods and Processes
  • Carry-out Basic Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Knowledge and Inspection of Light Vehicle Wheels and Tyres
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Engine Mechanical, Lubricant & Cooling System Units & Components
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, Air & Exhaust Systems Units & Components
  • Knowledge of Removing & Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units & Components
  • Knowledge of Removing & Replacing Light Vehicle Chassis Units & Components
  • Knowledge of Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Transmission & Driveline Units and Components

Additional studies:

  • Bench and Sheet Metal Work Skills 
  • Introductory Welding Skills (optional)
  • Essential Skills Wales - digital literacy, literacy and numeracy

Updated November 2018

Entry Requirements

Appropriate GCSEs at grade D or above required to undertake this course and a formal interview is also essential to review experiences. 

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through practical demonstrations which are supported with realistic working tasks, where the emphasis is on you demonstrating the required skills. Underpinning knowledge for each unit is given via classroom based mode of delivery, where you are encouraged to participate in a range of learner centered activities.

Learners are assessed in a variety of ways including practical activities, multi-choice online examinations and participation in portfolio and assignment work.

Progression Opportunities

Successful learners may have the opportunity to further their studies and progress onto the Level 3 VRQ 4290 programme, Level 2 Foundation Modern Apprenticeship or the Level 3 BTEC Diploma Vehicle Technology (with sufficient maths skills.)

Alternatively, with the addition of the required mathematics, learners have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Vehicle Technology to accrue UCAS additional points to allow progression to higher education or university. 

Additional Information

The following items are essential equipment for completion of the course:

  • Overalls and steel toe cap boots conforming to EN345-1 safety standards 
  • Assorted stationary
  • Hillers Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Technology Book 1 (ISBN = 978 1 4085 15181)
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