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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: 04 December 2018
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    • Openshaw Campus is a welcoming centre, offering courses for school leavers, adults, university-level students and professionals. Many of the facilities at Openshaw are open to the community, including a library, salon, restaurant and fitness centre. Openshaw is a vibrant, modern campus, designed to be a supportive learning and social environment.

      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.