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Motor Vehicle

Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Diploma Level 1

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, or the Level 2 Diploma in Motor Sport Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. You may also apply to a Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to develop your experience and skills for working in a variety of motor industry sectors. You will gain a good working knowledge of tools and equipment, vehicles engines and engine systems, chassis systems, transmission and drive-line components, in our fully-equipped workshops.

What is covered?

You will study the following units:

  • Health and Safety Practices in Vehicle Maintenance Tools
  • Equipment and Materials for Vehicle Maintenance Industry
  • Introduction to the retail automotive maintenance and repair industry
  • Spark ignition engine systems
  • Components and operations compression ignition engine systems
  • Components and operation
  • Steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more)
  • Vehicle braking systems components and maintenance
  • Vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance
  • Vehicle exhaust systems components and maintenance
  • Introduction to low carbon technologies in the automotive industry
  • Vehicle electrical foundation skills
  • Basic vehicle valeting
  • Light vehicle construction
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Inspection, repair and replacement of high performance light vehicle tyres

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

3 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above including English, maths and science or the Vehicle Technology Entry Level Diploma.

The majority of applicants enrol on this Level 1 course, however your hands on experience and previous academic achievements may determine the level of course you are offered.

We will therefore  review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.


One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks – subject to course availability

  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard subject to course availability

  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t pass at Grade 4

  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team can be contacted at  should you have any further questions.


Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
1 Year
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