Heavy Vehicle Transport Maintenance BTC Certificate Level 1 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is ideal if you have a keen interest in the heavy vehicle automotive industry, which could include the maintenance and repair of commercial vehicle fleets or the exciting world of truck racing. This is a very practical course that introduces you to the industry while you gain knowledge of a wide range of heavy vehicle systems such as the engine, transmission, steering, braking and suspension. You also explore technological developments in the truck racing industry, gaining an insight into how to modify a standard diesel engine and use the advanced electronic equipment in the auto-lab to study the latest electrical principles of heavy vehicles. The qualification is split between theory and practical sessions designed to equip you with the skills to gain employment or progress to the next level. You will also be expected to complete work experience in a relevant placement. 

Assessment Methods

The qualification is achieved by demonstrating that you are both practically and theoretically competent. Your practical evidence will be developed in the College workshops throughout the year and end of unit assignments, phase tests and online exams assess the theory.

Progression Options

You could progress on to the Level 2 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles or an Apprenticeship programme, subject to an initial assessment and suitable employment in a garage.

Course Summary

Course Title Heavy Vehicle Transport Maintenance BTC Certificate Level 1
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs in the 3 to 1 range, or other equivalent qualifications in a related subject. A keen interest in the automotive industry and an overall enthusiasm to succeed are essential. You need a positive attitude, as well as the enthusiasm to complete the programme and progress onto the next level or employment.

You will be invited to attend an informal discussion to assess your suitability for the course. You will need safety boots and overalls which can be purchased at enrolment if required.

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I’ve really enjoyed learning all about the internals of cars and what a car relies on to run smoothly. This benefits me in the workplace because I know how parts work when I come to repair or replace them. So far my greatest achievement has been passing the first year. I’m really proud of this because it means I’m on track to becoming a qualified mechanic.

Corey Perry-Jones

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