In year 8, pupils learn about the use of hand tools (the hacksaw, files, rulers, scribers, taps and dies-for thread cutting, centre punch and hammers). They complete a practice piece using all the tools before making an engineer's clamp.
In year 9 the practical work for the pupils is to make a set of odd leg dividers using only hand tools. In the classroom, they are introduced to terminology that is used in years 10 and 11. The theory covers the layout of a car and how, in very broad terms, the engine, its associated systems, and chassis' systems work.
In years 10 and 11 pupils follow a City and Guilds light vehicle, service and repair course, level 1. They learn how the systems of a car (or light vehicle) work and how to service and repair them. The pupils cover the work in 3 units: i) Health and safety and working with others, ii) Removing and replacing components and how they work, and finally iii) How to service and repair the vehicle. To pass the course the pupils take three multiple-choice exams (one for each unit), and three practical assessments (one for each unit).
In years 12 and 13, those pupils who have completed the City & Guilds level 1 course can progress to level 2. At level 2, practical work is at more depth e.g. cylinder head removal, cam-belt renewal, and removal of clutch / gearbox. There are units on Health and Safety, removing and replacing engine, chassis and electrical components. Pupils must successfully complete three practical and three multiple choice papers to pass the course.
The Materials and Design development units are assessed by external exam and the remaining units are assessed by portfolio.