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Motor Vehicle (Light) Maintenance and Repair Diploma Level 1 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This course is aimed at learners who have left school without having any previous experience working on anything mechanical or electrical. It provides a basic knowledge and understanding of the principles involved in the repair of light vehicles. This introductory year will give you the opportunity to develop your workshop skills before progressing to one of our level 2 courses.

Course content

The course will cover all the main Health and Safety requirements within the industry and then move on to using tools and equipment. The focus is on ensuring learners have the knowledge to use the correct tool for the right job and understand the importance of maintain equipment correctly.As the course progresses you will gain knowledge relating to how a modern light vehicle works. One of the first units is the vehicle chassis, this includes the braking, wheels and tyres, steering and suspension system – it will give you a good understanding of the components and how to remove and refit them correctly.The course then moves on to engine technology which includes how a modern engine operates, the components involved and how to remove and replace them correctly. The two final units are transmission and electrical. As modern vehicles move towards more electronic systems this unit will give learners the spring board to level 2.

Entry requirements

Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager and Curriculum Director.


Assessment includes two online multi choice tests and a number of practical workshop based tasks. These are spread over the whole year with learners attempting them when they are ready.

Financial information

Students are required to purchase steel toe boots (£15), cargo pants (£13), sweatshirt (£10) and polo shirt (£10). Please ask the Motor Vehicle staff for details on interview.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto a Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles or Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Fitting Principles or an apprenticeship via full-time employment.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

Level One students are given the opportunity to work on staff cars in the motor vehicle workshop. You will also create a job card and speak directly to the member of staff.The College is committed to ensuring that all students benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement whilst at College and we will support you to obtain a placement in a relevant vocational setting normally on the Level Two programme.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

During your course, there will be the opportunity to get involved in a variety of trips which will help you to gain abetter understanding of the area in which you would like to work.We have visited the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port as well as the Ford and Bentley factories this year.

Are there any links with industry?

Our Motor Vehicle teaching staff have a wealth of industry experience and draw on this to enrich the course, linking your studies to the automotive industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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