Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma

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This course is designed as a second year “top up” to the Level 2 Certificate programme. This course covers all light vehicle service aspects, focusing on efficiently replacing key components to industry standards and builds on the subjects covered in the Level 2 Certificate. Students will discover the functions of the complex systems within today’s vehicles and how these systems integrate with one other to operate to the manufacturer’s specification.

Course content 

  • Drive line & transmissions
  • Job roles in the motor vehicle industry
  • Engine systems components and operation
  • Engine cooling and lubrication
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Braking systems
  • Maintenance of wheels and tyres
  • Exhaust systems
  • Vehicle lighting system

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

Course details

Dates & Location

The academic year runs from September to June.


1 year, 3 days per week.


£180 for materials

Entry Requirements

  • You'll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between grade 9-5 (previous grade structure A*-C)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE level

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 



Future Opportunities

You can go on to study Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance or be employed as:

  • Technician
  • Mobile service Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Parts/Stores person
  • Apprentice Trainee Technician:
  • Apprentice/ Trainee Parts Person
  • Service Manager
  • Manager Workshop/Service

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