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About the course

This qualification 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 portfolio evidence. The Diploma is currently suitable as the vocational subject-based learning component of Foundation Learning.

Entry requirements

The Level 1 Diploma requires 2 GCSEs at Grade E or above but at least one Grade E (Grade E is equal to grade 2 GCSE)  in English or Maths. 

All applicants will be required to attend an interview and as part of the enrolment process will be required to sit a BSKB diagnostic assessment.




Gateway Level 1

Progression 2 Automotive

What you'll learn (core modules)

This Level 1 qualification is designed to help learners aged 14-19 years old to develop key personal and social skills, behaviours and attitudes that will build confidence in their own abilities and also how to demonstrate and apply these effectively. The Award aims to achieve this by using practical tasks, set in the retail automotive context. These tasks allow learners to tackle new activities and challenges individually and as part of a group. They will improve learners' social interaction and help them to develop skills that will prepare them to look for, obtain and maintain employment. The qualification meets the Personal and Social Development (PSD) requirements within the Foundation Learning programme, which supports learners in their preparation to make the step from school to work life.

This qualification is designed to form the Personal and Social Development (PSD) component of Foundation Learning. There will be the opportunity to complete a functional skills qualification. Units covered in the syllabus include:

R/504/8279 Introduction to Study

J/504/8263 Health and Safety in a Practical Environment

J/504/8876 Teamwork Skills

T/505/4107 Preparing for Work

F/505/0092 Checking and Maintaining Car Wheels and Tyres

L/505/0094 Checking and Maintaining Fluid Levels on a Car

L/505/3061 Identification of Basic External and Internal Car Parts

H/504/8691 Responsible Road Vehicle Ownership and Use

K/505/8669 Tools, Equipment and Materials for Vehicle Maintenance

T/504/8632 Participating in a Vocational Taster


During the year students will also go on a residential trip, where they will join in with outdoor activities and learn new skills which will help build their future.


The students help organise and run a Charity Car and Motorcycle show annually. This goes towards the team work unit and completes the residential criteria.


Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.



Where will the course take me?

Successful completion may enable the learner to gain entry to a Automotive Engineering Level 2 course. If the learner is able to find employment in the motor vehicle trade it may be possible to join an Automotive NVQ course.

Of the students who completed this course last year 9% entered Further Education, 72% continued their existing programme of study and 19% secured employment.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

There will be a requirement to pay a small fixed cost for books, boots and overalls that will be discussed at the interview stage.

Days & times

Starting September 2020

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