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City & Guilds: New skills, new story


You’ve probably heard of our popular ‘Beginners’ and ‘Improvers’ cycle mechanics courses. They’re a great way to get into maintaining your bike and saving trips to the bike shop. But what happens once you’ve been bitten by the ‘bike mechanics bug’? Luckily, Life Cycle also offers City & Guilds cycle mechanics qualifications, so you can keep feeding the bike-geek in you. We know how addictive it is once you get started! 

This month we’re shining a spotlight on our fantastic City & Guilds Level 2. Our 10-day intensive course teaches trainees to completely rebuild a bike - plus everything in between - covering a range of bike and part types. This includes: brakes, gears, headset assembly, wheel building and much more. The course runs 2 days per week for 5 consecutive weeks, meaning you can fit it around other commitments.

City & Guilds Level 2 is “the industry standard qualification for professional mechanics”. Of course, not everyone who signs up is - or is looking to be - employed as a bike mechanic. We caught up with some freshly qualified ‘Level 2-ers’ to find out why they were attracted to the course - and what they plan to do with their brand new skillset

Karen told us that City & Guilds level 2 has broadened her horizons and even inspired a career change:

“I did the ‘Improvers’ course last year and always planned to go further. It is great to get certificated in a practical skill. It is an incentive to look into alternative working directions.  I have a PGL in adult education.  It would be great to bring the two together”

Enid signed up, knowing the qualification would be her ticket to exciting adventures further afield:

“I am doing ‘La Manche to Le Med’ with a group of friends.  We are doing it independently and need to be self-sufficient. We might get lost along the way, but at least I feel confident to fix any problems we have with the bikes!”

Of course, our first-class teaching attracts seasoned cycle mechanics too:

“I did the course through work. They funded me as ‘on the job’ training. I have a passion for bikes and it is something I have been wanting to pursue for years.  I have had different jobs before but I have always wanted to understand the mechanics of bikes” - Weylan

Funding the course

Our City & Guilds level 2 course costs £1,100 (including VAT). There is funding assistance available from a number of sources (including the City & Guilds bursary scheme and Government Career Development loans). See our FAQs for more details.

Is it for me?

This course isn’t for complete beginners - you will need some bike fixing experience, or other transferrable skills – but it is paced to be accessible to a wide audience:

"The pace was perfect, practical examples were first class and demystified a lot of technical issues. The instructor's previous teaching experience shone throughout" - Martin

We recommend you read our FAQs before booking, then give our friendly team a ring if you have further questions.

What’s your story going to be?

We love hearing about the things our learners go on to do with their new skills.  Where could you end up after taking this industry-recognised accreditation?  

Our next level 2 course is running from 12th September to 11th October. Book here.

Find a full list of our upcoming City & Guilds course dates here: https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/cityguilds