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K-College / East Kent College: Final Post & Reflections


So this is probably the last college related post, three years of studying and eight individual courses passed…

I’ll start off with the recent exam stuff, and LV13 which is all about transmissions and related components in the drive line. The good news is I passed the test easily with 93%, but then again I was not very happy about the exam highlighting nothing whatsoever on DSG gearboxes. I thought this was extremely odd since their presence in the industry is borderline mainstream now, and my test highlighted mostly on diaphragm clutches and epicyclic gears which is relevant but rather old. Luckily our lecturer highlighted on DSG systems through the IMI ATT presentation software. I’m thankful we at least had some class time to cover the principles of DSG in layout and operation.

If you haven’t done your LV13K exam here are some pointers:

Forget revising the new stuff like DSG it’s not in the exams: I can only speak for 2016, maybe 2017+ they will start doing questions on DSG/ Dual Mass/ Multi plate Systems and Mechatronics. Do not revise too heavily on new systems and concentrate on regular systems.

Revise symptoms to problems for example: Broken detent springs, worn engine mounts, bent drive shafts, clutch slip, engaging gears, worn syncromesh baulk springs, worn crown wheel and pinion teeth, worn friction linings etc…

Gearbox Diagrams: Look at the ones in Hillier’s and what is on the two IMI LV13K practice exams, typically it will ask you to identify a specific gears through choosing two letters corresponding to the diagram. So if both 5th speed gears off the primary and lay shaft are are denoted as I , K on the diagram then you choose that. Remember you can always rule out reverse quite easily as the gears will be straight cut !

CVT Boxes: You only need to touch on the basics for this, for example the fact a CVT has an infinite number of gear ratios, and that the belt is inextensible and transmits drive by thrust.

Torque Converters: Once again you just need to scratch the surface, the main 3 components (Impellar/Stator/Turbine) and how they interact for example “the turbine and impellar rotating at the same speed”.

Refer to the Assessment Requirements: I found this online, and it’s fairly useful in terms of picking apart what I needed to revise. Yes it’s dated 2010 but as far as I’m aware it’s still on the IMI site so must be legitimate for now…


So this is what my E-Portfolio now displays: 100% !

So everything is done, and honestly it wasn’t that hard. The AE06 electrical exam way back around December was probably the hardest section since the questioning is extremely vast. My result of 65% was way below average for me but still anything over 60% is a pass, and even if you get 100% it’s still just classed as just a pass (don’t ask me why).

I believe my E-Portfolio will still need to be checked through by an alternative member of staff just like my paper based portfolios of previous years, then I get my certificate ?


As you can see from above the last few practicals have been quite fun, my lecturer allowed me to do some side jobs for staff at the college. First up was a window which would not operate on a 2006 Golf, on inspection it soon turned out to be the regulator cables that had corroded and snapped. £25 off eBay for the new regulator and fitted by myself and Ariel in about 40 minutes.

East Kent College FIA/FIM Santa Pod Trip


I will do a more in depth post in the coming weeks on this event, but damn it was a good day ! I only took 327 photos so I did well to control myself, and I got some amazing results with the retro EF 35-105mm lens. Many thanks to the IMI for linking up with SP to provide the excellent paddock tours.

For full event photos see here: Santa Pod FIA FIM Test and Qualify Day


East Kent College MCM Comic Con Trip


So the next day I was up again for more coach journeys from hell (I’m kidding it wasn’t so bad) but luckily not so far to go this time, It’s the London ExCel for the MCM Comic Con 2016 ! I didn’t take many photos at the event but it was good fun. I must admit I wish I come up with a costume for the event but since I was half dead from SP the day before I was not too bothered. As you can see I asked for photos with the Stormtroopers which went down well !

MCM Comic Con London Photos Here: Comic Con 2016 Photos


Throwback Photo: Level 2 crew Curtis, Sam and Ariel removing and replacing the hand brake assembly on the Ford Mondeo.


So what were my best experiences from college ?

My first year was the most enjoyable, since I learned a huge amount in the workshop thanks to Dennis and Barry. I had a great tutor Nathan, who helped me pass the LV2 Functional Skills Maths, English and PSD easily.

The second year was by far the hardest with having to do my GCSE’s again after 10 years. I thought it was impossible thinking I would struggle, but it turned out English was rewarding and genuinely interesting. The class was a good laugh and our teacher structured the course really well, maths on the other hand was a nightmare… Time went on and I didn’t know what was going on, or who was teaching so it become a worry. After four months of little progress a new Maths teacher showed up, and I had around three months left before the exam so it seemed rather hopeless. Despite this I somehow got my C in the end thanks to Phil and his excellent teaching, coupled with the extra workshop lessons and everything he put onto the Moodle platform for revision.

Learning aside there have been some great social experiences as well, the SU always provided good debates for the students (and free sandwiches). The trips that I’ve been on with the college this year have been inspiring such as Brooklands / Mercedes Benz World, which was an awesome course relevant outing thanks to Stuart. Go-Ape and the more recent Comic Con were really fun thanks to Ana and the staff over at the Student Centre.


What happens Next ?

I’ll keep the blog site going, probably from a photographic perspective and perhaps personal hobbies/interests. If your visiting this in the year 3000 or something looking for “Vintage College Stuff” just use the East Kent College menu to view the academic related posts…

Thanks to all the WordPress users who have checked out my blog, it’s been great to have an audience of followers and interested readers.

Kenny. 🙂

20 responses

  1. Happy Summer 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    June 4, 2016 at 10:08

    • Hi Doda, thanks for reading and have a great Summer also ! See you over on Flickr 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      June 4, 2016 at 11:10

      • My pleasure Kenny!CU around on the Flickr platform ~ All the best, Doda 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        June 4, 2016 at 12:00

  2. Caz

    All the best with whatever is next for you!

    Liked by 2 people

    June 4, 2016 at 18:14

    • Hi Caz, good to hear from you and thanks for your comment. I will outline any relevant fourth comings…


      June 4, 2016 at 19:08

  3. already finished !
    The years of studies are the best of our life…

    Liked by 1 person

    June 4, 2016 at 22:16

    • Hello my friend. Yes it went fast and it was a fun time too.


      June 5, 2016 at 11:13

      • For me my student life was a great moment !

        Liked by 1 person

        June 5, 2016 at 13:35

      • What was your subject of study Marc ?


        June 6, 2016 at 17:23

      • Scientific studies, biology and geology, just 2 years and after commercial pilot licence

        Liked by 1 person

        June 6, 2016 at 21:37

      • Wow very good, probably quite hard courses to pass.


        June 7, 2016 at 17:44

      • very hard yes, and now i am very clever man ! Lol

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        June 7, 2016 at 20:40

  4. Happy summer !!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    July 2, 2016 at 20:34

    • Thanks Alice, I hope you have a good Sunmer also 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      July 3, 2016 at 11:40

  5. Congratulations on your achievement! May you have an exciting future ahead of you and a wonderful summer. Looking forward to future photo and travel posts on the site.

    Liked by 1 person

    July 17, 2016 at 21:56

  6. Congratulations on your marks and finally getting through it all 🙂 Its been quite some time since you posted something, so what’s next, I’m sure all your readers are waiting 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    July 31, 2016 at 05:30

    • Hi Mithai, hope all is well and thanks for your message.


      August 28, 2016 at 20:16

  7. Congratulations on your achievement!

    Liked by 1 person

    August 10, 2016 at 21:59

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