NCEA Vocational Pathway (Automotive) (Level 2)

Prepare for a mechanical automotive engineering career with this starter course focused on introductory trade skills. Gain NCEA Level 2 alongside the theory and practical skills that will enable you to work in entry-level jobs in automotive workshops.

Key Info


Level 2


26 weeks full time




NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident


Kelston, Papakura, Mangere


Zero Fees

Course Details

The purpose of this vocational pathways programme is to gain NCEA level 2. Students complete 10 credits of Numeracy, and 10 credits of Literacy at level 1 or above. In addition, students gain 60 credits of unit standards with automotive subject content. This programme is an introduction to automotive trade skills, and a pathway to studying Automotive Engineering at level 3.


The course covers the following:

  • Workplace policies and requirements while working in automotive workshops,
  • Safe and effective handling of tools and equipment,
  • Servicing and tuning, and
  • Understanding technical terms specific to the field and motor vehicle systems
  • Motor vehicle systems;
  • Automotive workplace requirements;
  • Hand tools and workshop equipment;
  • Performing minor servicing and tuning tasks;
  • Protecting vehicle electronics;
  • Terminology used in the automotive sector;
  • Literacy and numeracy.

Zero Fees

• NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident.
• 16-19 years of age at the time of commencing study.
• Not hold NCEA level 2 or similar qualifications.
• Enrolment is also subject to an interview process.


This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3).


This qualification can lead to apprenticeships in the automotive engineering field or supervised entry level roles in the industry.

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What are the benefits

This programme is designed for youth enabling them to achieve NCEA level 2 in an automotive industry context.

It is an ideal starting point for those who want to pursue a career as an automotive mechanic or technician. There are great job opportunities in the Automotive industry in NZ.

This is a full-time programme which generally runs Monday to Friday, helping to prepare you for entering the workforce or further studies once you graduate.

Eligible youth learners will have access to additional support like travel allowances, safety gear and uniforms.

The purpose of this programme is to help students gain NCEA Level 2 alongside foundation automotive engineering skills, which will open doors to entry-level jobs in the trade, further study at level 3 (e.g., the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering Level 3). or an apprenticeship.

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"Since I have started this course I’ve met a lot of great people who pursue the same dream as mine and help each other to strive for the best."


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