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Bike Mechanics for Young People

Gain skills and a nationally-recognised qualification on our accredited bike maintenance courses. We’ve partnered with City of Bristol College to offer weekly, practical classes to young people aged 16-24. If you’ve found it hard to engage in a traditional classroom setting - or you don’t have the GCSEs you need to progress to further study, this is the course for you. You’ll learn the fundamentals of fixing bikes with expert tutors in a fun and supportive environment. This is the perfect way to kick off a successful career in the bicycle industry or elsewhere! 


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  1. What will I learn?

  2. What are classes like?

  3. How much does it cost?

  4. Career options

  5. How do I apply?

What will I learn?

This is a City & Guilds-accredited course. The units covered are:

  • Brakes: Rim brake removal, re-fitting and adjusting.
  • Gears: Derailleur gear system removal, re-fitting and tuning.
  • Punctures: Puncture repair from start to finish
  • Safety: Comprehensive safety checking

Each week your tutor will teach an additional bite-size session. This will cover a wide range of topics such as: Wheel truing, how to price a bike when servicing, how to service parts, how to scrap a bike, the history of bikes, etc.  These sessions add to the range and depth of knowledge you’ll get whilst you’re with us.  

What else will I learn?

When you’re not doing practical sessions with Life Cycle UK, you’ll have access to additional English and Maths support at City of Bristol Parkway Campus. This includes group and individual catch-up sessions, drop-in sessions or small workshops to help you stay on track and progress in all areas.  

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What are the classes like?

Learners are with us one day per week. We teach in small class sizes (maximum of four during Covid) and it’s very hands-on. Each learner has their own workstation with quality tools.  Our friendly tutors will demonstrate professional bike mechanics techniques, then there is plenty of time to practice and hone your skills. 

The course is mainly practical with a small written element.  All sessions are supported by our partners City of Bristol’s Learning Support who can help with reading and writing if required.  

This is a City & Guilds-accredited course. Each unit will be assessed as we cover it. Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics. This is the ‘industry standard’ qualification for professional cycle mechanics. 

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How much does it cost?

This course is free for learners with City of Bristol College. Please note, unlike some of City of Bristol College's partners, we will provide all tools, equipment, bikes and personal protective equipment (PPE).

You will need to apply through City of Bristol College. Scroll down to find out how to do this.

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Career options

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, we can link you to a wide range of opportunities and experiences in cycling industry.  

The bike industry is booming.  There are jobs with major retailers like Halfords; independent bike shops; holiday companies like Centre Parks; charity bike ride organizers like Bike Events UK; and sporting jobs too, such as mountain bike leaders or Bikeability instructors.    

If you’re into bikes, you will love spending time in our workshop! Between us we have 100+ years of experience working in the industry and can really support learners to achieve their goals in cycling.    

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How do I apply?

Our course is open to young people aged 16 – 24 years of age from a range of backgrounds including:

  • Learners with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)
  • Learners with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)
  • Learners who need the required GCSE grades to progress onto further programmes of study

For more information and to apply, send an email to: Jo.Newington-Wise@cityofbristol.ac.uk 

You can find the course listed on City of Bristol College’s website here.

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