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Vehicle Maintenance Level 1 Diploma at West Lancashire College

Course description

This is an exciting course which helps provide students with a firm foundation of practical skills alongside the relevant technical knowledge of motor vehicles to enable them to progress in the industry.

This course is for school leavers or adults interested in motor vehicle servicing.

Successful students tend to have:

• An excellent working knowledge of motor vehicles and possible faults.

• Good communication skills.

• To keep up to date with new technology.

• Willingness to learn on the job and pay attention to their manager.

• To be interested in cars, heavy vehicles or motorcycles, and electronic equipment.

Course content

This course is suitable for school leavers or anyone without prior motor vehicle experience.

  • This course consists of eleven core units:
    Working Safely and Effectively during Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Tools, Equipment and Materials for Vehicle Maintenance
  • Foundation Skills for Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Spark Ignition Engine Systems, Components and Operation
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Compression Ignition Engine Systems, Components and Operation
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Engine Liquid Cooling & Lubrication Systems Components and Operation
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems Components and Maintenance
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Braking Systems Components and Maintenance
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance Processes and Procedures on Vehicles
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Wheels and Tyres Construction and Maintenance
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Electrical Foundation Skills
  • Operating Principles of Light Vehicle Lighting System Maintenance

You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage. Your time will be divided between practical workshop sessions and classroom sessions to provide the supporting theory. This is a good mix so that your practical sessions are as useful as possible.

All learners will be taking on various trips whilst studying the course, these normally include Go Karting trip. Learners will also take part in the Greenpower race project. This involves building and racing electric powered karts. Information can be found on[a1]

The knowledge and experience of guest speakers is also shared with the learners. These include guest speakers from the Pipewerx, D1 Ultimate driving experience, AA, VOSA, Lancashire Fire Service, along with tool and product demonstrations from Snap-On tools and other suppliers.


Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade D or above and or completion of an entrance test. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and we will be looking for an appropriate standard of English and maths. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.

All our students take a college screening test that will be used to find the most suitable level for you. 

You will need steel toe capped footwear and workshop clothing, but don't buy anything yet - you will be advised at interview. If your family has a low income, you might get financial support for this essential equipment. Students need a basic level of literacy and numeracy to complete the course.


Students will be assessed by undertaking practical tasks on vehicles and completing a logbook of work plus successful completion of two e-examinations.

We are using the latest EPortfolio system which learners can log onto via any smart phone or computer.

Your knowledge will be assessed by the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) set practical assessments in the workshop, IMI set on-line multiple-choice testing and by assessments set by us.

Future opportunities

Successful students will be able to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles.

This course can allow students to become trainees in the Motor Vehicle Industry in a wide range of job roles. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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