Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 232 Conc £107 Full £383 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 19/09/2019 05/12/2019 MV1050
Wednesday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 08/01/2020 25/03/2020 MV2050
Thursday 18:15 - 20:45 11 MAC 23/04/2020 09/07/2020 MV3050

What will the course cover?

A detailed investigation of the motor car’s various systems including the engine's internal parts such as pistons, crankshaft, camshaft and cam belt, cylinder head gasket, the fuel injection system, removal and replacement of front and rear brake components; wheel bearings, transmission and drive shafts, investigation of suspension and shock absorbers, front wheel steering geometry, ‘tracking’, the cooling system and associated components, wheel balancing and engine diagnostics and management systems.

Who is the course for?

This course is for former students who, having gained a basic understanding of car maintenance on a previous course, now wish to increase their knowledge and skills further. This course is also aimed at those people who have confidence to carry out minor service and maintenance activities such as oil and filter change or front brake pad replacement and who may have been considering a move into the motor industry.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Preferably previous students who attended the Basic Car Maintenance course or equivalent, individuals with a reasonable knowledge of motor vehicle technology and people who feel confident enough to remove a road wheel or jack a car up and place it on axle stands.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Change spark plugs, engine oil and filter,and air and fuel filter (where possible). Renew / inspect front brake components (pads & discs); and carry out examination of rear brake shoes and drums. Be able to bleed air from the braking system Check and adjust (where possible) front wheel tracking. Carry out electronic engine diagnostics check. Demonstrate the ability to apply Health and Safety (HandS) procedures whilst working my own motor vehicle. Name 10 items checked during an M.O.T. test. Remove / replace a radiator, thermostat and various hoses. Remove a cylinder head and examine the head gasket. Expose a cam timing belt, examine and report on its condition. Identify the relationship between the crankshaft and camshaft (engine & valve timing).

How is the course organised?

The course is organised into weekly sessions which will include a mixture of practical workshop activities and demonstrations combined with individual projects. There will also be classroom based theory sessions mixed with group discussions providing advice on a variety of related subjects ranging from sat-navs, speed cameras, traffic wardens, parking fines, car auctions, car cloning, electric cars, car security, insurance and many more.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Reading of class notes, handouts, car Workshop Manuals such as Haynes or AutoData, related magazines such as : Car Mechanics, Auto Express, What Car and Used Car Buyer. Search on-line for information from sites like, , and various car forum websites. Visit car shows and exhibitions like the British motor show, Canary Wharf Expo, Classic Car Show etc….

How will my progress be assessed?

Verbal feed back from tutor. Weekly record of progress sheet. Individual Learning Plan, (I.L.P.). General informal test based on topics covered or studied. Observation of practical tasks

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

City & Guilds Level 1 Automotive Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or equivelant.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Suitable footwear in the form of boots or if prefered, stout leather shoes, (no trainers or ‘soft shoes’please). Overalls/boilersuit or old street clothing. Notepad, pencil and pen. Replacement parts for your own vehicle, as required. (Discuss with tutor first) Your car’s owners’ hand book or workshop manual. Please note: As we have no storage room all vehicles and ancilliary items including used engine oil and components must be removed at the end of each session. Also any vehicles brought onto the premises and/or worked on in class are done so at the owners’ own risk.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help offered through the Study Support Sessions at various centres. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details are available in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from your tutor or Reception staff.