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Level 1 Introductory Diploma for the Motor Industry at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

As modern cars become ever more complex, the modern automotive technician needs a wide range of skills to be able
to maintain and repair them. This one year course is an ideal starting point if you wish to pursue a career in vehicle
maintenance and repair. As well as covering the technology involved in the engine, transmission and chassis of the
motor vehicle, you will put the theory you learn into practice in our Automotive Engineering workshop.

It is a learning programme which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

- Carrying out basic routine maintenance.
- Operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems
- Introduction to vehicle electrical and electronic systems- How to carry out basic checks
- Component knowledge and maintenance of light vehicle transmission systems
- Additional cycle maintenance course depending on GCSE grades

Health and safety is of paramount importance in all areas of the automotive industry, and this will be reinforced
throughout the course.

Whilst at the college you will be encouraged to take part in competitions, participate in the college enrichment
programmes and develop your entrepreneurial skills through charitable and community projects which run throughout
the year and are led by students.

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (E ) or better, general education and a keen interest in the automotive world.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Learning takes place through a variety of theory and practical lessons. Students will also need to carry out personal
research to enable them to successfully complete the course, and guidance on this will be given by the course tutors.

Your skills and knowledge will be continually assessed throughout the course through formal multiple choice
examinations, and practical tests.

Support will be provided through regular meetings with your course tutor.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of all elements of this study programme will allow you to progress in several different ways,

- Further full time training at level 2 within further education.
- Gaining employment within the Automotive industry and undertaking an apprenticeship scheme to gain further
qualifications and experience.
- Your basic knowledge would be useful in gaining employment in the automotive industry in a number of roles such
as parts, sales or service reception.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 05 September 2018
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