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IMI Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance — Light Vehicle

Key course information

Automotive Maintenance

01/09/2022

1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview


If you’re interested in working in the motor industry, this course will provide you with a great introduction to the trade and the many different job roles it offers, allowing you to explore your career options. You will be taught the practical aspects of the course in the College’s industry-standard workshops and technical classrooms. If you don’t already have GCSEs in maths and English at grade 4 (C), you will study these subjects as part of your programme, improving your skills and enhancing your employability. The course requires you to spend three days a week at the College.


two male automotive students looking inside car bonnet
male automotive maintenance student working on a wheel
lecturer talking to automotive maintenance students
automotive maintenance students working on equipment
two automotive maintenance students working on equipment whilst lecturer supervises
two male automotive students looking inside car bonnet
male automotive maintenance student working on a wheel
lecturer talking to automotive maintenance students
automotive maintenance students working on equipment
two automotive maintenance students working on equipment whilst lecturer supervises

What will I learn?


You will gain the basic understanding, knowledge and practical skills you will need as someone starting out in the repair and servicing of motor vehicles. The units you will study include:

• Introduction to routine servicing
• Automotive foundation skills
• Health and safety in the working environment
• Engine principles
• Lubrication systems
• Cooling systems
• Ignition systems
• Exhaust and emissions
• Suspension systems
• Wheels and tyres
• Braking systems
• Electrical systems
• Industry expectations and soft skills

Entry Requirements


• 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and maths.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


You will be assessed through a combination of practical assignments in the workshop and knowledge-based units using an E-portfolio, as well as taking one online exam. You will also be expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours’ work experience within the academic year.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Motor Industries (IMI). On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an IMI Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance - Light Vehicle.

Additional Costs and Information


You will need to supply your own protective clothing (overalls and steel toecap safety boots) and stationery.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Most students use this qualification to move on to the IMI Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma in Automotive Maintenance and Repair or the Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles.

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