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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

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 Certificate is currently suitable as the vocational subject-based learning component of Foundation Learning.

Entry requirements

The Level 1 Certificate requires 2 GCSEs at Grade 1 or above but at least one Grade 1 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.



West Suffolk College Certificate

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:

Introduction to Study

Health and Safety in a Practical Environment

Teamwork Skills

Preparing for Work

Checking and Maintaining Car Wheels and Tyres

Checking and Maintaining Fluid Levels on a Car

Identification of Basic External and Internal Car Parts

Responsible Road Vehicle Ownership and Use

Tools, Equipment and Materials for Vehicle Maintenance

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 IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 course. If the learner is able to find employment in the motor vehicle trade it may be possible to join an the apprenticeship program.

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.

How much will it cost?

£90 for Race Overalls

£20-£40 Safety Boots

Days & times

Starting September 2021

Course price


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