IMI Introduction to Vehicle Technology - Level 1 Entry Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Automotive

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


This qualification is designed to engage and motivate learners who are interested in learning about the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry.

It provides essential foundation knowledge and skills for service technicians.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 36 Weeks
Venue: Motor Vehicle Centre, Invincible Drive

Who the course is for

The course is designed for people considering a career within the Automotive Repair Industry.


Qualification Gained

If successful you will be awarded a City and Guilds Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance Level 1.


"This course has allowed me to progress my chosen career path, I intend to stay in education until I reach this personal objective".

Cassandra Blackwell
City & Guilds Diploma in Vehicle Systems and Maintainence

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Junior Mechanical Engineer - £18,000-£25,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Mechanical Engineer - £25,000-£35,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Mechanical Engineer - £40,000-£50,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring devices
  • Support for Job Roles in the Automotive Industry
  • Basic vehicle maintenance
  • Remove and Refit Engine units and components


Learning Methods

Learning is via a variety of methods including lectures and practical hands-on experience in the workshop. 


Assessment Methods

Assessments are via oral, written and on-line exams.Written assignments and observations in a simulated working environment.


Progression Opportunities

Completion at Level 1 supports the candidate’s progression to Level 2 Diploma.You may wish to progress to the City and Guilds Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles L2.


Career Opportunities

You could be employed within the automotive industry as a vehicle technician. You could also progress to an Apprenticeship.However there are many roles within the motor industry that are discussed within this course.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
No formal qualifications required

Suitable if you don't have any qualifications.

If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS score of 5.0 or above.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

 You will normally also have to pay for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. Some courses have placements or visits which may also have costs attached.Supplying boots and overalls are the responsibilty of the students.


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.