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.
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
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.
Usual entry requirements are 4 GCSEs at grade 1 or 2 or equivalent experience, but entry is determined on an individualised basis and subject to an interview.
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?
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.