Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Light Vehicle (IMIAL Level 1)
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 1 Technology Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course gives you the essential vehicle maintenance and repair knowledge if you wish to work in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist motor cycle and body repair shops. You will cover theoretical and practical aspects such as routine servicing of vehicles, body repairs techniques and identifying and rectifying faults.

Assessment of each award is made up of three components - IMI Practical Assessments, Centre Devised Assessment Methods and IMI External Testing. You will be expected to achieve Functional Skills and Personal Social Development at an appropriate level.

The course is structured to allow you to find a work experience opportunity alongside your college training. This may significantly improve your chances of progressing to an Apprenticeship at the end of this course.

What topics will I study?

The award is made up of a series of units that cover specific topics. These topics are delivered by classroom lectures and practical sessions in the vehicle workshop. Each of the units contains a number of learning outcomes. In order to pass and achieve certification, students must achieve all of the unit's learning outcomes, by completing the underpinning knowledge assessment criteria.

What experiences will I get?

There are opportunities for work experience alongside your studies and to visit garages and industry related shows. You could take optional, additional courses in hybrid and electric vehicle technology.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English language and maths.

Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: We may consider other experience if you do not have these grades.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

  • A large new fully equipped workshop
  • Vehicles which are less than five years old
  • A state of the art automotive diagnostic laboratory with test simulators and rigs
  • A dedicated IT laboratory with internet access
  • Specific automotive training classrooms

To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.

A new £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The centre houses the latest vehicles and automotive training resources. You will have access to a learning resource centre.

What can the course lead on to?

You will develop your basic skills and knowledge to get a job in the automotive industry. You will be able to progress onto an Apprenticeship programme.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to have boots, overalls and polo shirts which are ordered through our supplier. You will also have to pay £50 to cover faculty materials.

What do our students think?

I did the 14-16 course then progressed to this and I also did work experience which helps you to understand the course more. I couldn’t make up my mind if I would prefer to do mechanics on motor bikes or cars, or maybe even do some body and paint.  This course is ideal, because you can try all of the different areas and progress on to a Level 2 course once you make up your mind.”

I chose the course because I'm into cars. I enjoyed being in the workshop the most and learning more on Functional Skills. The teachers were all supportive. I'm now doing a level 2 apprenticeship which the college helped me find. My advice would be to try and find an apprenticeship as soon as you can".

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

You will have master classes from industry experts and automotive technician award winners.

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