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Transport Maintenance - Light Vehicle Diploma level 1 at Leicester College

Course description

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. This course runs from September to June. It is a full-time course in Vehicle Accident Repair for 16 hours per week. The course is taught on week days at our Abbey Park campus. The Transport Maintenance - Light Vehicle Diploma level 1 is an engaging and motivating Vocationally Related Qualification is generally aimed at learners who have a keen interest to learn about maintenance of Light Vehicles and the different roles that are available in the retail motor industry. This Light Vehicle route allows learners to have the flexibility to develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire in the future.

Course content

Leicester College has a very well equipped modern vehicle body repair workshop, it offers advanced tools, equipment and repair techniques that enable learners gain a wide range of skills essential for the workplace. The learning programme involves learners studying both the theory and practical aspects of accident repair. This qualification consists of a combination of units from: Health and Safety practices, Foundation Skills, Personal Social Development (PSD), Mechanical, Electrical and Valeting. The course is based around all areas of the Motor Vehicle and includes the core systems, Braking, Suspension, Engine, Steering, Electrical, Wheel and Tyres. Learners also complete Health and Safety, PPD and functional Skills or GCSE in Maths and English elements as part of their studies.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work. Three GCSEs in English, maths and science at grade 1/2 (E/F/G) or above is required. A suitable level E3 qualification or motor vehicle maintenance experience is desirable but not essential. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course is designed to give the students both theory and hands on practical experience on carry out accident repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the body/paint workshop, coupled with written assessments and online exams. Your tutors will provide theory explanations, practical demonstrations and guide you through all assessments written, practical and online exams.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

This course is the first step for learners considering a career in the automotive industry. Progression onto the level 2 programs is available including Light Vehicle and Motorcycle Diplomas is available dependent on meeting the course entry requirements and or Employment in the motor trade as part of a national apprenticeship scheme. See links to level 2 Light Vehicle and Level 2 Motorcycle on courses page for further details.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 15 November 2017
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