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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Diploma at Platinum Training

Course description

The Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Diploma is ideal for both students who are starting out on their journey into the Motor Vehicle Industry and those who just want try out working with cars to see if they enjoy it.

Training takes place over 8 hours per week at the Motor Vehicle Training Garage working towards the Motor Vehicle Diploma and 4 hours at Wilson Road working on Employability and Functional Skills.

The vocational course consists of 50% practical work on live, working cars within the purpose built, state of the art training centre and 50% theoretically.

Assessment is carried out via e-portfolio.

Students will also complete a Work Placement as part of the course, allowing them to experience first hand what life is like working in a busy Motor Vehicle Garage.

Course content

The Motor Vehicle qualification covers all aspects involved with maintenance and repair of cars. Some of the areas covered include:

  • Health and Safety
  • Tools, equipment and materials
  • Spark Ignition Systems (Petrol)
  • Compression Ignition Systems (Diesel)
  • Engine Cooling and Lubrication
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Fuel, Ignition, Air and Exhaust Systems
  • Removing and Replacing Engine Units and Components
  • Braking Systems
  • Driveline Maintenance

All these areas are carried out with half the time spent on the theory and half spent doing practical on working cars within the garage.

Students also complete Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT at varying levels depending on previous qualification and ability level. Students can be expected to be challenged to achieve as high a qualification as they can.

The course also includes work preparation skills and a work experience placement to experience a work environment.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements on the course, just a good, positive attitude and willingness to learn.



Assessment on the Motor Vehicle Level 1 Diploma is carried out via e-portfolio within the lesson time and through practical activity.

Assessment on Functional Skills qualifications is carried out via formal examination with learners pushed to achieve as high a level as they can to help with their progression onto further study or apprenticeships.

Financial information

Weekly travel payments are paid into student's bank accounts on a weekly basis to cover the cost of a weekly bus pass.

Further finiancial help and support is available and will be discussed on an individual basis dependant on individual student needs.

All students are also provided with their own boots and overalls (PPE) once they join the course.

Future opportunities

After completing a Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, students have a number of possible progression routes to continue on their journey to becoming a fully qualified mechanic:

  • Further college study

Students can apply to complete a Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance Course at college and then move on to a Level 3 to become fully qualified

  • Apprenticeship

If you have your own employer that is willing to take you on as an apprentice, then Platinum can deliver the training for you. Platinum also offer their own Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship at Level 2 and Level 3. This allows students to continue to learn in a classroom environment once a week and learn through on the job training in a workplace whilst picking up a weekly wage.

Further information

Students can apply through UCAS Progress or directly to Platinum on 0121 245 7200.

Initial, informal interviews will take place with the opportunity to visit the centres and look around the facilities to get a feel of the course and of Platinum as a whole.

Open days will also run throughout the year. For more information please contact us.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Platinum Training directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Academic year
  • Course code: SPMV

Contact details


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    • Purpose built in May 2011, the Platinum Motor Vehicle Training Garage has fully established workshop facilities, including:

      • 4 sets of 2 poster ramps,
      • Tyre changing and balancing equipment,
      • Full range of mechanical tools
      • Air and pneumatic,
      • 3 main classrooms with smart board facilities
      • Touch screen vehicle spray booth

      The Garage is opposite City Hospital on the Dudley Road, serviced by the 82 and 87 buses from the City Centre