Vehicle Systems

Entry Level Diploma

student and lecturer in a car in the college workshop

Availability & Details

Vehicle Systems - Entry Level Diploma SF-VESM0D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

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On this course you will develop a good working knowledge of vehicle repair and maintenance.

You will study the basics of car mechanics including lubrication systems, cooling systems, electrical systems, braking systems, fuel systems, spark ignition systems, transmission systems and steering and suspension systems.

All practical elements will be taught in our fully equipped automotive workshops with theory taught in the classroom. In addition, you will be expected to study English and Mathematics Functional Skills courses.

During the year you’ll have opportunities to attend trips, take part in team-building activities and listen to guest speakers from the automotive industry.


two 2 grades in Maths and English.

On this course you will study:

  • Vehicle lubrication systems
  • Engine cooling systems
  • Vehicle fuel and exhaust systems
  • Vehicle spark and ignition systems
  • Vehicle electrical systems
  • Transmission systems
  • Vehicle wheels and tyres
  • The principles of vehicle body and interior cleaning
  • Vehicle suspension
  • Vehicle brakes
  • Bench handskills

This course will be delivered in the fully equipped automotive workshop with time spent in the classroom to study theory and work skills. You should also aim to find a part-time job. We also encourage you to volunteer in a garage during your course. This will help you develop your skills and increase your chances of gaining an apprenticeship.

The theory elements are assessed online through multi-choice tests. There is also a series of practical assignments and the completion of a portfolio of evidence. All practical tasks are demonstrated; you will practise the task and when the assessor feels you are competent, you will be assessed unsupervised.

Materials & books £41.99
Overalls £23.00
Safety shoes £17.00

With the approval of the Course Manager you may progress to the Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance or seek employment.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student