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Light Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 1 Diploma at Macclesfield College

Course description

This qualification covers the technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including diagnosis of straightforward system faults. The perfect progression route into the industry which provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles in all types of garages and dealerships. Practical sessions will take place at the Macclesfield College Motor Vehicle Centre which is a specialist facility commissioned to provide a modern and industry standard training environment.

Course content

During this course you will focus on a full range of units including but not limited to engine technology, chassis technology and routine maintenance.

You will study the following units in a practical fashion with theory to support your learning:

  • Health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance
  • Tools, equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance
  • Spark ignition engines, components and operation
  • Compression ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Engine liquid cooling and lubrication systems components and operation
  • Steering and suspension system components and maintenance
  • Vehicle braking system components and maintenance
  • Vehicle wheels and tyre construction
  • Vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance
  • Vehicle driveline maintenance
  • Vehicle electrical foundation skills

You will cover the following elements:

  • Brake master cylinder
  • Front brake disc
  • McPherson Strut 
  • Cylinder head removal
  • Compression testing
  • Wheel and tyre balancing
  • 2 Year/20,000 mile service

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 2 GCSEs grade E-G
  • Applications from students without the traditional entry requirements but with relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further. 


You will be practically assessed on each unit of the course to ensure your competency. An online test on each unit will be taken at the end of the course.
GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you may wish to :

  • Apply to study the Level 2 Motor Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
  • Gain employment as a Light Vehicle Maintenance Technician
  • Gain employment as a Light vehicle Diagnostic Technician
  • Gain employment as a Race Technician

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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