City & Guilds - Level 1 courses

Life Cycle UK offers 2 day, fully accredited courses that teach bike mechanics to City & Guilds "Level 1 Cycle Mechanic" standard.

Who is it for?

Home mechanics, cycle instructors, teachers, scout leaders - anyone who wants an accredited introduction to cycle mechanics.

Each course has wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.  It is a professional standard course with lots of hands-on work.  You will be expected to have a basic knowledge of bikes and bike tools and the ability to use them.  If needed, we can arrange support with basic reading and writing skills.

What does it cover?

The Level 1 course covers four mandatory units:

  • 181 Level 1 - Repair a cycle puncture
  • 182 Level 1 - Remove and replace a cycle rim brake assembly
  • 183 Level 1 - Remove and replace a cycle gear assembly
  • 184 Level 1 - Carry out a systematic cycle check

Each unit will be assessed as we cover it. On completion of all assessments, you will achieve a City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Cycle Mechanics (3902-18).

"The tutor was very good and patient. I feel as though I achieved a great deal and know more about bikes than I ever did." - Sustrans employee 

What should you bring?

The course will be taught in our fully equipped workshop in Bristol. We will supply overalls, gloves, workstands, bikes to work on, comprehensive teaching notes and all tools. All you need to bring is a pen and notebook. As this is a professional qualification, you will be expected to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the course.

For more details, see Frequently Asked Questions.


£250 per place. Bookable online, below. Either pay in full today or select ‘pay later’ and we will get in touch to discuss a payment plan.  A private course for up to 6 learners can be booked for £1,500.


Some funding may be available through West of England Works funding. Life Cycle is a West of England Works specialist provider. If you been unemployed for 12 months, or are economically inactive (not working and not in receipt of benefits), aged 15 or over and live in Bristol, BANES, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire you may be able to receive support from West of England Works. Led by Weston College, the partnership includes a range of local voluntary and community Anchor Partners who could refer you to Life Cycle as part of your individualised programme of support.

Mobile courses

Did you know we can come to you?   We can deliver the qualification to your staff in your own space with our fully mobile course kit. We can cater for up to 6 participants at a cost of £1,500.  If you think this might work for you, get in touch for more info and to book. / 0117 924 5487 / 353 4580

Course format

The course takes 2 full days. You must attend both days.


Upcoming course dates are listed below. Click on the title to book.


Start Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 09:00
End Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 17:00
Start Date: Monday, December 9, 2019 - 09:00
End Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 05:00
Start Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 09:00
End Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 17:00