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Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 1 Diploma at East Surrey College

Course description

This qualification offers students an introduction to motor vehicle maintenance theory and practice. It is designed to prepare you for a career in the motor vehicle maintenance and repair industry. You will learn the basics of all the major motor vehicle systems such as brakes, engines, suspension, transmission and electrics through a series of practical learning tasks and the associated theory.

Course content

Units/topics covered:
The qualification incorporates the following topics:
 Health and Safety Aspects of Vehicle Maintenance
 Tools, Equipment & Materials
 Vehicle Engine Technology
 Cooling & Lubrication Systems
 Exhaust Systems
 Spark Ignition Systems
 Steering & Suspension Systems
 Braking Systems
 Wheels & Tyres
 Vehicle Driveline Maintenance
 Routine Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
 Vehicle Lighting System Maintenance
 Introduction to Low Carbon Technologies in the Automotive Industry
 GCSE or Functional Skills Maths & English


Entry requirements

Students must have four GCSEs grade A* - E, including Maths and English, or progression from Vehicle Technology Entry Level 3. All applicants must have a satisfactory academic reference.


The coursework is assessed by keeping a portfolio of assessed practical work and by completing phase tests and two online tests.

Financial information

If you are under 19 on 31/08/2016, tuition is free. If you are 19 or over please consult Client Services for advice and guidance on funding and eligibility. Please be aware that there may be additional costs for equipment and educational visits. This information will be available from the curriculum staff at interview.

Future opportunities

This course provides a progression route for entry into a Level 2 course, full-time employment or it can provide routes into motor vehicle apprenticeship schemes.

Further information

Equipment needed:
Pens, pencils and calculator, A4 folder with paper and dividers and recommended text books. For all workshop activities you will need to have your own steel toe capped boots and 1 piece overalls.
If you have any outstanding queries please contact our Client Services team on 01737 788444.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Surrey College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
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