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Target audience 

Engineers make the world and Hartlepool College of Further Education's School of Engineering makes engineers.  Do you want to be the next automotive engineer, motor vehicle mechanic or fleet manager?

This progamme is aimed at school leavers who wish to take their first steps on a path to a career in the automotive engineering sector and at learners who have completed the Level 1 Engineering programme and wish to progress to the next level of study within the automotive engineering strand.

Entry requirements 

Prospective learners typically have, at minimum, 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including Maths and English or a Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Engineering.

Alternative entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Course content 

The Level 2 automotive engineering programme consists of a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles and a mandatory tutorial session.  Learners without a GCSE Grade 4 (or equivalent) in English and/or Maths will be required to complete a suitable qualification in these areas alongside their engineering course.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma has been designed to prepare learners for a career in the motor industry, by developing knowledge, skills and behaviours around motor vehicle systems.  The qualification covers both theoretical and practical workshop aspects of motor vehicle understanding.

Learners will complete units covering health & safety, good workshop practice, job roles within the industry, common ancillary skills used in vehicle fitting, routine maintenance, tyre inspection/replacement/repair, exhaust inspection & repair, and braking system inspection &  repair.  The mandatory tutorial session will allow learners to interact with their assinged tutor for progress and development, as well as engage with the Hartlepool College of Further Education tutorial programme.

Teaching & Learning 

A variety of teching strategies will be employed in delivering this qualification, dependent upon the unit content.  This may include lectures, seminars, practical work, simulated work environments and group activities.

Teachng and learning activities will take place in a range of specialist facilities, workshops and classrooms.

The programme is delivered on a full-time basis; classes will be taught Monday to Friday.

Assessment criteria 

Assessment is at unit-level and consists of a number of assignments and multiple-choice tests.  The overall qualification will be graded either Pass/Fail, dependent on the outcomes of the individual units assessments.



Upon successful completion of the programme of study, together with the endorsement of the course team, learners will hold a qualification that will enable them to progress to Level 3 study and beyond.

Suitable progression opportunities within the School of Engineering include:

  • Level 3 Automotive Engineering - (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles)
Other information 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to learners for use
in the workshop.


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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