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Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Award-Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

These days, there's a lot more to car maintenance than being good with a spanner. Modern cars are complex and computerised, so there's a lot to learn. But if you want to work on vehicles for a living, it all starts here.

Course content

This study programme is an ideal combination of practical lessons, taught in our excellent, fully-equipped workshops, and the theory behind the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles. You'll explore the fundamentals of the vehicle's main systems engines, fuel systems and chassis systems. We will also encourage you to find work placements, because they will help you develop your skills faster and help you understand how the business really works.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English Language. 

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.

You will need to show that you have a real desire to work in the vehicle maintenance and repair industry, ideally planning to progress to an apprenticeship.


The course is assessed by both written and practical means. Students will be required to complete multiple choice question papers for each unit of study. Practical assessments will be carried out in the workshop. 
The assessments in the workshop will be graded as "competent" or "not competent".

Students who do not pass first time will be given the opportunity to retake the assessment after guidance and further training.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. For hygiene reasons we suggest you invest in a personal set of appropriate coveralls and steel-toe capped safety boots. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc. 

Q. Are there any external trips on this course?
A. There may be the opportunity to participate in a number of trips during the year that may incur an additional cost. In the past students have attended the 'Auto Sports International Show' and a Barcelona trip.

Q. Is there any financial support available to me?
A. Financial support may be available for any additional cost. Please enquire within the Petroc Guidance Centre.

Future opportunities

This programme is a sound preparation for more vocational training. You could continue to other related qualifications or apprenticeships at Level 2, such as Vehicle Fitting, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Vehicle Body and Paint Operations, Roadside Assistance and Recovery, Vehicle Parts Operations and Vehicle Sales.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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