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Motor Vehicle Studies

Motor Vehicle Studies Curriculum Intent

 

  • In Motor Vehicle Studies, our intention at Maplefields is to give our pupils the opportunity to:
    • Develop a sense of self-worth by introducing pupils to Motor Vehicle Studies and help them to start a career in the motor industry. Pupils will learn to maintain and repair different types of vehicles, fit and replace parts and tyres, giving pupils the confidence to run their own car valeting business or work on hybrid vehicles safely.
    • Develop the key skills and understanding of motor vehicle systems.
    • Gain independence through developing the basic skills needed to apply for an automotive apprenticeship or similar engineering pathway. Also, to apply essential transferable skills in different contexts.
    • Develop self-esteem through learning new and essential life skills that enable the pupils to maintain their own vehicles.
    • Promote high aspirations for possible future careers in the industry and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the automotive industry.

KS4:

Motor Vehicle Studies starts with the City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Introduction to Vehicle Systems Maintenance. This course covers the basics of repairing any type of vehicle and is a perfect introduction to a career in the motor industry. Our pupils master the basic skills needed to progress to more advanced qualifications, and provides the foundation to possibly get a job in a garage or body shop.

The following criteria are assessed:

  • engine lubrication systems
  • fuel and exhaust systems
  • spark Ignition Systems
  • vehicle electrical systems
  • vehicle braking systems
  • vehicle wheels and tyre systems
  • vehicle body and interior cleaning

Once the entry level course is completed, our pupils then progress onto the City & Guilds Level 1. This qualification is for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in the motor industry. It provides our pupils with the skills needed to maintain and repair different types of vehicles (cars, vans, trucks, or even motorcycles), fit and replace parts and tyres, run their own car valeting business or work on hybrid vehicles safely.

The following criteria are assessed:

  • routine vehicle maintenance (cars, vans, lorries, motorcycles, hybrid vehicles, etc)
  • removal and replacement of vehicle units
  • diagnosis and rectification of vehicle faults
  • working safely on hybrid vehicles
  • valeting cars or running your own car valeting business
  • fitting and replacing vehicle tyres

After completing these courses, our pupils have industry recognised qualifications that would allow them to get a job as a tyre fitter, or show colleges and employers that they have the skills to work in a range of jobs. It also provides valuable opportunities to develop transferable life skills and improve confidence and self-esteem.  

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