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.  Or book a private course for up to 6 learners for £1,500.


Life Cycle UK has teamed up with Weston College to provide training to support people into employment.  If you are unemployed or low waged, you may be eligible for a free place.  For more details and how to apply, go to our funding support page.

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.