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Light Motor Vehicle Maintenance: IMI Level 1 Diploma at NESCOT

Course description

The Light Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 1 Diploma provides students with an understanding of the technical skills needed for working in the motor vehicle repair industry.


Course content

Students will gain practical experience and the technical knowledge needed to work as a Service Technician carrying out maintenance/repairs on cars, vans and other light vehicles in garages, dealerships and maintenance depots.

The course content includes:

  • health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance;
  • good housekeeping;
  • Workshop;
  • Engines and Steering;
  • Chassis and frames;
  • tools and equipment;
  • light vehicle construction and routine maintenance;
  • operating principles of light vehicle engines,
  • tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems;
  • operating principles and maintenance of light vehicle transmission systems and
  • electrical and electronic systems.

All students are provided with an individual study programme to develop the skills needed to gain employment and succeed in the workplace. If you have not already gained both GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above you will receive additional help and support to retake these examinations.


Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade D or above including Mathematics, Science and English; alternatively you will have successfully completed Entry Level 3 qualification in a related subject.

You will be asked to attend an interview where your suitability, commitment and skills will be assessed. We will require a satisfactory reference from your last school or college tutor and you MUST have attendance record above 90% (actual attendance)


Students will be assessed via a mixture of practical assessments and online tests.

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for employment or more advanced study and training.

What other Motor Vehicle courses can I progress on to at Nescot?:

  • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma
  • Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 2
  • Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 3

Potential career routes in the Motor Vehicle industry:

  • Accident repair
  • Body building
  • Fast-fit operations (tyres, exhausts, batteries etc)
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Lift truck maintenance and repair
  • Light vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair
  • Motorsport maintenance and repair
  • Parts distribution and supply
  • Roadside assistance and recovery
  • Vehicle rental and leasing (self-drive or with driver)
  • Vehicle sales

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 August 2016
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    • By Road:
      Nescot is located just off the A240 (Reigate Road), close to the junction with the A24 (Ewell Bypass).  The College is just five miles inside the M25 (Junction 9).
      There is a large, free car park for use by students and visitors.

      By Rail:
      Nescot is served by two mainline railway stations.
      Ewell East (Southern Railway)
      Ewell East is a two-minute walk from the College from a public footpath leading off Platform 2.  Trains run every half-hour from London Victoria.
      Ewell West (South West Trains)
      Ewell West, which is 15 minutes walk from the College, is on the main line from London Waterloo.

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