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Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance – Level 1

This Level 1 Certificate course is aimed at school and college leavers who wish to join the automotive industry. It is also valuable for individuals keen to develop occupational knowledge and to undertake practical tasks.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Motor Vehicle
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Johnson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Johnson Building

Apply now at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/course/certificate-in-vehicle-maintenance-level-1
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Course Information for Students

This Level 1 Certificate course is aimed at school and college leavers who wish to join the automotive industry.   It is also valuable for individuals keen to develop occupational knowledge and to undertake practical tasks.

Learners will also develop their skills in Maths and English, through either Functional Skills or GCSE studies, which will support their main programme of study to help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

You must have already completed an Entry Level 3 course in Light Vehicle Repair or a related Engineering subject and/or have achieved GCSEs in Maths and English at grades 4 to 2, and Science at grades C to E (with only one grade 4 in either Maths or English). You will also be required to sit a mechanical comprehension entrance test.


If you have achieved GCSE grade C in BOTH Maths and English, please refer to the Intermediate Diploma.

You will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Tools, Equipment and Maintenance
  • Spark Ignition Systems
  • Liquid Cooling and Lubrication Systems
  • Braking Systems
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Electrical Foundation Skills
  • Welding Skills
  • Motor Industry
  • English (Functional Skills or GCSE resit)
  • Maths (Functional Skills or GCSE resit)
  • A minimum of five days work experience in a motor vehicle environment

This course will be delivered on-site.

You must provide your own steel toe-capped boots to be worn at all times in the workshop. A £40 fee will also be required for overalls, sweatshirts and T-shirts.

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed 90% through job card evidence – with observations of practical tasks to assess competency – and 10% via external multiple choice online examinations. Maths and English will be assessed through a final exam in both Functional Skills and GCSE formats.

Subject to achieving this qualification, an exemplary attendance record and the required screening outcomes in Maths and English, you can progress to the Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma in Light Vehicle (Car) Maintenance and Repair, the Level 2 Full Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (if GCSE grade C is achieved in both Maths and English) or to a Level 2 Light Vehicle apprenticeship if you are employed in the automotive industry as a vehicle technician.

Want to know more about life in the motor industry? Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work for an introduction?

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or enquiries@derby-college.ac.uk

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering curriculum, please contact us via email on businessenquiries@derby-college.ac.uk, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Vehicle Valeters and Cleaners

£20905

Vehicle Valeters and Cleaners

Vehicle Paint Technicians

£30203

Vehicle Paint Technicians

More Careers Information at: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/career-pathways
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Course Information Last Updated On: October 21, 2021 3:11 pm