Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Programme

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Develop your skills in motor vehicle servicing with a practical programme that teaches you the expertise to thrive in this industry.

Develop your skills in motor vehicle servicing with a hands-on course that gives you all the basics from engine lubrication to valeting. The course combines practical skills and theory so you can build on your enthusiasm and make good progress in your motor vehicle training.

What I'll learn

You will learn the function and purpose of motor vehicle systems and components in depth.

The course content is equivalent to the first year of a two-year apprenticeship programme, and is ideal if you are intending to carry on learning in the workplace. If you are successful in gaining a full-time place in a motor vehicle setting and your employer is willing to support your training we will let you transfer to an apprenticeship programme at any point in the year.

Developing a deeper knowledge and a higher level of practical skill than on the introductory course, you will study the following eight units:

  • working with others
  • good housekeeping
  • health and safety
  • routine vehicle servicing
  • engines and engine components (e.g. cam belts, starter motors and alternators)
  • chassis systems (e.g. brakes, steering and suspension), electrical systems (e.g. windows, lights and wipers)
  • vehicle inspections (pre and post work inspection).

As there is a keen focus on preparing you for direct entry to the workplace the course include development of your personal, social and employability skills. You will study functional skills in English, maths and ICT at Level 1 which are one of the requirements for an apprenticeship programme.


How I'll learn

Our well-equipped workshops and the range of vehicles you will work on make for a realistic working environment. The department maintains good links with local employers and all the lecturers have considerable industrial experience and are keen to share their knowledge and experience with students. Enrichment activities include trips to places of relevance such as the Motor Sports Show and the London Motor Museum. The course structure (two long days) prepares you for the demands of a full working day and allows you to have a part-time job or work experience alongside your college course.

About half the course is spent in practical workshop sessions and the other half is spent on classroom-based theory sessions. You are encouraged to gain relevant work experience where possible.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through a number of practical assessments and a formal examination for each unit. The assessment criteria are more in-depth and more demanding than on the introductory course. You will need to show the knowledge and skills you have learned and a methodical, professional approach to work. You will need to build a substantial portfolio of evidence so good organisation and presentation skills are needed.


Entry Requirements

Before you are interviewed you will need to complete the motor industry standard computer-based aptitude assessment which is used to determine which level of course you should start on. You will also have an initial assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills. At interview we expect you to show your motivation to succeed on the course.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.


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