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Transport Maintenance Certificate 1 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’ve got a keen interest in the automotive industry, and would love to learn about the maintenance of all different types of transportation, then this Level 1 Certificate could be a great place to begin your journey into this exciting industry. As you learn what it takes to become a motor vehicle technician, you will get the chance to develop your knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas, including engines, driveline and chassis components. You’ll complete sessions in both the classroom and the workshop, learning all about brakes, steering and suspensions systems, tyres, exhaust systems, health and safety practices, and how to remove and replace engine components. You will also work on your own personal social development too, understanding what it’s like to work in a garage, and building an awareness of the different jobs roles and responsibilities in a dealership. As this Level 1 Certificate in Transport Maintenance is a vocationally related qualification (VRQ), it’s directly relevant to the automotive sector and is awarded by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Entry requirements

You should have a suitable Entry Level qualification to enrol on this Level 1 Certificate in Transport Maintenance, or three GCSEs at grade E or above (including English and Maths). Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


This Level 1 Certificate is assessed through a variety of practical, written and oral assignments, designed to measure your knowledge and skill. You’ll be observed by an assessor and answer questions orally, as well as completing online tests set by the IMI.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After you’ve completed this certificate, you’ll find it’s an ideal stepping stone to progress onto the Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance with us here at The Manchester College. Alternatively, you may wish to use this qualification to move onto a full time Level 2 course or an apprenticeship programme. Although this is primarily an introductory course, you’ll get a real taste of what the motor vehicle industry is all about and begin developing the skills and knowledge that will help you work towards a rewarding career in automotive maintenance, as a motor vehicle technician, fitter, or breakdown engineer to name just a few.

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Wythenshawe Campus was opened in 2010 and offers a wide range of courses for school leavers and adults, including construction and motor vehicle. The campus is built to be environmentally friendly and has innovative technology to save energy and re-use resources. These include solar panels, wind catchers for natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting tanks.

      Facilities at Wythenshawe Campus include:

      • three storey sixth form teaching block
      • air cabin
      • hair studios
      • workshops
      • science labs
      • canteen
      • fitness suite
      • sustainability centre
      • gourmet training restaurant (3rd Floor Restaurant), open to the public

      Local area

      Wythenshawe is a suburb of south Manchester. Wythenshawe Campus is built in the centre of the community, 15 minutes’ walk from the civic centre. The campus has it own gardens and places to sit outside, while Wythenshawe itself has several large parks and woodlands. The civic centre has a supermarket, shops, post office and fast food chains and there are some smaller shops opposite the campus. The campus is just over two miles from Wythenshawe Park; a beautiful green space with community farm and historic buildings.