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Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 1 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time course

About the course

Students usually start at level 1 to gain the necessary skills before progressing to level 2.

Theory lessons covering the required technology are classroom based, giving you the opportunity to take notes to aid your studies. Practical lessons take place in the motor vehicle workshops and give you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to pass the assessments. You will learn about Health and safety and the tools and specialist equipment. In addition the course will cover the parts of an engine and how it operates, maintenance of brakes, wheels and exhausts.

You will need to bring your own overalls and safety boots for workshop sessions. All other safety equipment will be provided.

You need to attend regularly and be on time for every lesson.

Functional Skills lessons also form an important part of your course.

They include English and Maths for you to help you improve your skills in these areas. There will be Exams when you are ready.

The course is approximately 60% theory and 40% practical.

Your progress will be reviewed regularly in tutorial sessions

Personal Study Time

You are expected to study independently in your own time, building up your knowledge of motor vehicle technology.

You will be given passwords for our online learning materials, which will give you access to cloud.

We have a comprehensive library for you to access relevant reading

Recommended reading is:

  • Vehicle and Engine Technology - Heisler
  • Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Technology - Hillier
  • A Practical Approach to Motor Vehicle Engineering - Newbold

Will this course suit me?

Applicants should have willingness and a desire to study on a motor vehicle course, be able to take in technical information and demonstrate practical ability in a workshop setting

Qualification Title

IMI level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance


What students say about this course.

“it can be hard learning about the technology but it is very interesting”

“I enjoyed the practicals best and now I have a part time job”

 “you have to spend some of your own time studying at home”

“the teachers all have trade experience and are good at putting things across”

“I learned a lot about motor vehicles and I am looking forward to L2”


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 above including English Language


Knowledge is assessed using on line exams and by oral questioning during practical assessments. Practical assessments will be carried out in the motor vehicle workshops following training and practice in the required competencies. You will be required, with assistance, to build a portfolio of your work.




Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where Can It Lead?

Following success in this course you can apply to join a Level 2 Motor Vehicle course.  Career opportunities include working in motor vehicle repair establishments or fast fit outlets, as a repair technician or parts specialist. You can also apply for a modern Apprenticeship.






Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: GFIMV1