CITY AND GUILDS LEVEL 2 FAQS
So, you’re thinking about investing in our Bikeworks City & Guilds Level 2 Cycle Mechanics Course? Great! We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help with your decision making but please reach out to us if you have any other questions about the course – our details are at the bottom of the FAQs.
What experience do I need before starting the course?
The course is an intense 10 days and prior maintenance knowledge is needed.
We run one-day beginner and intermediate maintenance courses which provide the necessary experience required for the City & Guilds courses
What employment opportunities does the course provide?
There is considerable demand for cycle mechanics and so there has never been a better time to train!
According to the Bicycle Association there are 25,000 potential new Green Jobs projected in London’s cycling economy.
Bikeworks are regularly contacted by workshops, mainly in London, looking for mechanics which is then circulated to all Level 2 graduates.
Our expert City & Guilds tutor, Colin talks about career progression with Bikeworks below.
How is the course assessed?
Each module consists of a practical and small written assessment. Each unit is assessed at the end of the tuition. You get plenty of time to practice the content before the assessment. Because the assessments take place at the end of each unit, you must be able to attend every day of the course.
Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics.
What should I bring?
We have a variety of bikes which reflect the type of bikes you will encounter as a London cycle mechanic.
You only need to bring a pen and notepad and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Everything else (tools, aprons, workbooks) will be provided. For lunch there are many shops local to both training centres.
What facilities are there at the training centres?
Both our East and West Training Centres have a kettle, fridge and microwave. We provide you with teas and coffees throughout your time with us.
Cycle parking is also available.
What are the payment options?
The cost of the course is £1,320 and this covers everything but there may be additional charge if you need to retake a module. The cost will depend on how many people need to retake.
There are 2 payment options:
- Full payment
- £250 deposit to secure your place. The remaining £1070 needs to be paid at least 14 days before the course starts.
Please note that the deposit secures your place on the course but it is non refundable if you cancel your place (unless in exceptional circumstances or we can fill your space).
What is the “big blue book”?
Considered by many as the holy grail of cycle repair guides which we equip you with when you finish our course.
It’s up-to-date with the latest information, procedures, and techniques, covering everything from minor adjustments to complete overhauls.
It features clear, step-by-step instructions, high-quality photos and useful charts and graphs to thoroughly explain and demonstrate hundreds of repairs.
The Big Blue Book is the perfect reference guide for mechanics of any experience level.
English isn’t my first language, can I still enroll on the course?
Please contact us to discuss your learning needs.
I can only do part-time learning
Please email us with your availability and we’ll contact you to discuss.
Do I get free tools with the course?
Our training centre’s are fully equipped with everything you’ll need on the day. These tool kits are recommended as a great way for keeping up your newly acquired skills after the course:
Basic tool kit – £20
Puncture repair kit, set of 3 super B tyre levers, wet/dry lubricant and a Neos simplicity L wench (non ratchet) with 10 bits.
Advanced tool kit – £35
Puncture repair kit, set of 3 super B tyre levers, wet/dry lubricant and a SuperB 18 in 1 folding tool.
Just let us know at the time of booking if you’d like us to set aside a toolkit for you to take home after your training.
I’m a cycle mechanic, but don’t have a C&G qualification - should I still enrol?
This is a great course for any experienced cycle mechanics to receive a professional qualification for the skills already being used. We recommend if you want to progress your career.
City & Guilds is a recognised qualification, it will make you stand out with any employer.