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Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

Do you have a keen interest in how an automotive motor vehicle or an engine works?  This could be the starting point of an exciting career in the automotive industry.  This course is designed as the first step in your training toward being a Motor Vehicle Technician or mechanic.  You will work towards a Technical Diploma.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

You will spend approximately six hours a week on practical development in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshop. You will also be timetabled for approximately six hours a week classroom study, two hours of Functional Skills development and tutorial allocation.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade E or above in English and maths. You will be required to undergo an initial assessment that tests your maths and English. This needs to be passed at a Level 1 grade. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


You will be working towards practical and theory based tests. The practical tests will take place in the workshop and you will also sit two online exams. These are some of the elements you will study:

Theory and practical elements:

  • Knowledge and skills in health, safety and good housekeeping
  • Knowledge and skills to support working relationships
  • Introduction to vehicle technology and workshop methods and processes
  • Carry out basic routine vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle hand skills and manufacturing techniques

Future opportunities

On completing this course you can progress onto a full time Level 2 qualification or start an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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