Vehicle Systems Maintenance - Level 1 (Full-Time)

Level 1 – NVQ or Equivalent

Subject Area Automotive

Attendance Full-Time


This programme is ideal if you are a newcomer to the Motor Vehicle Industry or wish to commence training towards becoming a Vehicle Technician.

This ‘Programme of Study’ combines practical hands-on training with theoretical overviews of various vehicle systems, components and their operation. Ideal for any aspiring Vehicle Technician.

Additionally, this course allows time for the core elements of English and Maths to be retaken, if required, and aids an individual’s essential knowledge, skills and understanding when preparing to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 36 Weeks
Venue: Motor Vehicle Centre, Invincible Drive

Who the course is for

This course is for people who are interested in and who are looking for a career in Mechanical Repair, within the Automotive Industry and additionally, who wish to gain Industry Qualifications alongside developing their communication skills and personal confidence in this subject area.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of the course, you will gain an IMI, Institute of the Motor Industry Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance – Light Vehicle

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

The course consists of the following modules:
• Health and Safety and good housekeeping in the Automotive Environment.
• Locating and Interpreting Technical Information
• Applying Engineering Techniques in an Automotive Environment
• Foundation Skills in Electrical, Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices.
• Preparation to become a Vehicle Driver
• S. I and C.I Engine Systems, Components and operation
• Cooling, Lubrication, steering, Suspension, Exhaust and Braking Systems.
• Introduction to Low Carbon Technologies and Electric Vehicles Awareness.
• Vehicle Exterior Valeting and Detailing.

Learning Methods

On course commencement, all students will undertake a mixture of both theory and workshop practical sessions, hours are changeable to suit progress and ability of individual cohorts working on current units.
Potential students must also be prepared to undertake a minimum level of independent study each week and to claim ownership of their own learning journey by committing to additional study and homework weekly. Please note this is a requirement for the course.

Assessment Methods

The Assessment for this Diploma is a combination of both practical and theory assessments, gathered in a portfolio of evidence and in addition, there is a mandatory multiple choice on- line examination to be taken. All evidence gathered will be assessed to meet a standard set by the Institute of the Motor Industry.


Progression Opportunities

You may progress on to one of our 3 offered discipline areas of your choice; undertaking a Level 2 Diploma in Transport Maintenance, Vehicle Accident Refinishing or Vehicle Accident Body Repair. Alternatively, there is also the option of moving to an Apprenticeship within the sector, having been supported to actively seek a placement of your choosing, over the period of the course.

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

Candidates will be expected to complete an initial assessment and Interview to establish their suitability for the Level 1 programme, this process will include a short English, Maths and Health and Safety diagnostic assessment. In addition, a 6-week induction period will be undertaken and all candidates informed of success afterwards.
If English is not your first Language, then candidates will need an English language test score of 5.5 or above. 

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.