About the course

The level one and two vocational qualifications provide individuals with an introduction to the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to gain employment or further study towards the automotive maintenance and repair industry.


The course is ideal for learners suited to a more vocational context within Automotive studies, enabling learners to acquire knowledge and technical skills related to identifying, understanding and application. We are aiming to develop ‘workshop ready’ students, who understand core values in regards to working on light vehicles and in customer service.


The qualification has been designed to be practical, engaging and motivating to support learners in gaining the basic knowledge and skills required by automotive maintenance and repair sector employers. The knowledge and skills within this qualification can be applied to:

  • Light Vehicles
  • Heavy Vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • All-Terrain Vehicles




The Workplace vision and mission



Aims and Outcomes of Art & Design, in line with The Workplace vision.


The Workplace is an alternative provision, aimed at vocationally minded key stage 4 pupils who are struggling with mainstream curriculum and are at risk of disengagement and exclusion.


Learners benefit from work related personal development opportunities, enterprise activities and careers provision. The workplace is founded on the following four principles: Industry, Enterprise, Rigour and Partnerships.


The UK automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy worth more than £78.9 billion turnover and adding £15.3 billion value to the UK economy.

With some 180,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and in excess of 864,000 across the wider automotive industry, it accounts for 13% of total UK export of goods, worth £44 billion, and invests £3 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers.

Over 1.3 million cars , 78,270 commercial vehicles and 2.5 million engines were built in the UK in 2019.Eight out of 10 cars produced in the UK are exported overseas to 160 different markets worldwide.

The Automotive course is suitable for students who enjoy working practically, have an interest in automotive theory elements (current practice, history), and are interested in motor vehicles, whatever form that vehicle takes.





The courses are made up of written and practical assignments, with a synoptic assessment element. We run alternating theory and practical sessions, allowing students to have as much time ‘on the tools’ as they do in the classroom environment. While individual unit outcomes are specific to tasks, we are able to blend tasks into one activity, thus meeting educational outcomes and also giving students a very real workshop experience.


Learners gather evidence for assessment through documenting practical tasks, often working on vehicles belonging to members of staff, and written evidence. Through working closely with core subject teachers, we are able to deliver a stable foundation in regards to forces, application of number etc in a practical setting.


Students will learn a lot of content regarding current legislation and laws in regards to safe working practices, which may well be relevant to any career they may wish to explore.


Students are required to treat the Workplace as if it were a standalone garage, and so behaviours and attitudes must be in line with the highest practical and customer service standards.




The course aims to develop students into confident, reliable and positive young professionals. My dream is to give potential employers no choice but to employ the student, when the students work experience/apprenticeship ends. I want our students to add value to the industry and their own lives, and also to look back and be proud of the journey they have been on. If students have a dream of working in the automotive industry, from becoming Formula 1 pit crew to owning their own business, then this course will be a fantastic place to start.


By the end of the course, learners will have gained a wider understanding of potential career opportunities within the automotive industry. This experience will allow students to understand and address the needs of a client, in regards to carrying out practical work or in giving advice. This not only supports learners within any future creative career, it also supports a strong level of understanding for putting these same skills into other careers.