Motor Vehicle

Welcome to the Kingsmead School Applied Learning Department.

The ABC L1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies is available as an option in Years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). Students in Year 9 are introduced to the subject and learn how to use workshop tools and equipment competently and safely.

In years 10 and 11 students develop the knowledge and skills required to carry out a series of general repairs and service work on light vehicles.

The equipment used will include hydraulic lifts, tyre changing and wheel balancing equipment and a range of machines and tools for the manufacture of an engineering product.

The learning team has close links with post 16 colleges and industry with opportunities to visit on challenge days. We also have links with local garages for educational visits.

Multiple Choice Exam (Year 11)

The units will cover the Automotive industry, Health & Safety, identifying and using hand and machine tools, function and location of components within a range of systems. Training is undertaken prior to all practical skills assessments.


 The ABC Level 1 Award in Automotive Studies has been approved by the Department for Education, in the technical award category, for performance points and can be used in the Progress 8 tables. The qualification has been developed to provide an introduction to the automotive sector and combines a mixture of knowledge and practical assessment to ensure that the learners have the necessary skills to meet the requirements of the industry. The structure and nature of the qualification provides the ideal route for learners to progress from the ABC Entry Level Award, Certificate and Diploma in Motor Vehicle Studies (Entry 3) on to a higher level of study and skills acquisition, such as automotive apprenticeships, as well as employment. The Award in Automotive Studies has also been developed to support Key Stage 4 learning in literacy, numeracy and science. There are opportunities for learners to apply their literacy, numeracy and science knowledge to workplace scenarios. 

The ABC Level 1 Award in Automotive Studies aims to:

Component 1: Working in an Automotive Industry Environment

This component will give learners a basic understanding of the health and safety issues in the automotive industry. They will also have the opportunity to look at different career pathways in the automotive sector and get an introduction to the environmental issues that are linked to the automotive industry. This component is assessed as Pass/Fail.

Component 2: Using Engineering Materials and Skills

This component will give the learner an introduction to different materials and their properties. They will learn how to safely use these materials and skills in order to create an accessory or tool.

Component 3: Remove and Re-Fit Mechanical Components

This component will introduce learners to the processes and procedures that are required to remove and re-fit mechanical components in a safe manner. They will also learn to report on the condition of the components.

Component 4: Introduction to Basic Automotive Electrical Principles

This component will introduce learners to the basic principles of automotive electrics. Learners will explore the different types of batteries and lighting systems. Learners will also develop practical skills on assembling and testing electrical circuits.

Sequence of learning in Motor Vehicle:

Key Stage 4 Sequence of Learning

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1 (Sept-Oct)

  • Identify a range of tools, machines and materials 
  • Recall list of key words of tools and materials 
  • Identify the main Health & Safety risks within a motor vehicle workshop environment 

Training and assessment in remove, report on condition, refit and test external engine components

Practical assessments and portfolio write ups.



Term 2 (Nov-Dec)

  • Explain how to carry out specific disassembly and reassembly actions 
  • Interpret technical information in manufacturers publications  
  • Understand how system components link together 

Training and assessment in remove, report on condition, refit and test suspension and steering components


Mock exam preparation


Mock exam



Term 3 (Jan-Feb)

  • Use own initiative to identify tools and equipment required to carry out set tasks 
  • Follow steps required to disassemble and reassemble engineering components 
  • Demonstrate competence in practical skills under assessment conditions  

Training and assessment in remove, report on condition, refit and test braking system components




Merit and Distinction criteria work


Portfolio completions


Term 4 (Feb-Mar)

  • Research engineered components and products linked to practical assessments 
  • Examine and assess component suitability for reuse or replacement 

Training and assessment in remove, report on condition, refit and test wheels and tyres




Exam preparation and revision

Term 5 (Apr-May)

  • Evaluate component material suitability against product design specification. 
    • Justify the selection of materials in terms of suitability for the product purpose 

Training and assessment in remove, report on condition, refit and test internal engine components


Final exam – online exam covering:

Health & Safety

Tools and materials

Components and systems

Auto electrics

Term 6 (June-July)

  • Draw and manufacture a component or tool using appropriate tools and equipment independently 

Training and assessment in other workshop activities – engine diagnostics, tyre changing, balancing, wheel alignment and valeting.



Top 5 Websites


For additional learning and revision in this subject, see these websites: 



Automotive Studies Progress Overviews
These are designed to outline the progression of Automotive Studies based learning within each year group. They make clear the skills, understanding and knowledge within each category of our language for learning.