Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VRQs) (4290)

About these qualifications

These qualifications are for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in the motor industry, whether you want to maintain and repair different types of vehicles (cars, vans, trucks, or even motorcycles), fit and replace parts and tyres, run your own car valeting business or work on hybrid vehicles safely.

Who are they for

The VRQs in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair are aimed at anyone interested in starting or developing a career in the motor industry. You do not need any previous experience or need to be in a current work placement. Most of the time these qualifications are taught in a college or training provider and learning is by doing rather than writing lots of notes.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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Information & documentation

For Centres

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Assessment Materials

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Heavy vehicle sample questions
Light vehicle sample questions
Motor cycle sample questions
Vehicle fitting sample questions
Centre Documents

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What's involved in delivering this course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

For some options you'll need to simulate a workplace where learners can demonstrate skills to diagnose faults and repair vehicles.

For centres already approved to offer the VRQs in Automotive Maintenance and Repair (4101), no further steps are needed.
Automatic approval will be given to offer the VRQs in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at the same level and area of their current 4101 provision and you will be able to register immediately.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the handbooks from the centre documents section.

For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

You'll cover things like:

  • 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
  • maintenance and installation of alarms, digital instruments, satellite navegation systems, etc

To gain a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) you learn with your training provider or FE college, learning by doing. Assessment is via combination of essential underpinning knowledge with practical learning. This includes practical tasks, oral/written questioning and online tests.


What careers can this lead to?

After completing these courses, you'll have a qualification that shows employers and customers you have the skills to work in a range of jobs - perhaps in a specialist repair workshop or with vehicle fitting specialists.

The level 1 automotive qualification could help you get your first job as a tyre fitter. By achieving the higher levels, you could get the skills to start your own tyre fitting service or car valeting business.

At level 2 you have already developed a good foundation of skills and knowledge required to become a vehicle service technician and are ready to move to the next level. You could become a Car Valeter, a Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorycle Service Technician or a FastFit/Tyre Technician.

At level 3, you have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge and looking to gain more responsability by supervising others, running your own business or moving to a diagnostic technician level. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring work meets the required standard. You could become a Light Vehicle/Heavy Vehicle/Motorcycle Diagnostic Technician or a FastFit Supervisor or running your own business.