Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technician Diploma Level 1
If you can’t get enough of cars and have your sights set on becoming a mechanic, then this is the course for you. Available at either Paignton or Newton Abbot, this is your first step into the automotive industry.
The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it’s about practical learning – you’ll be spending a lot of time in our workshop, learning by doing as you work on a range of cars and vehicles. You’ll be looking at everything: engines, tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission, and electronics. Basically, if it’s in a car, you’ll be studying it and developing all of the essential skills you need as a mechanic, carrying out maintenance and repair activities as you progress through the course.
Our workshop features industrystandard equipment and kit, exactly like a working garage. We also have a strong partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), so employers know an automotive qualification from South Devon College means you have the very best skills as a mechanic or technician. So, if you’re a bit of a petrol head and want a career working with cars and vehicles, this is the best place to start.
As a Level 1 course, this diploma is all about introducing you to the automotive industry and developing your essential skills. You’ll be learning from experienced automotive professionals and mechanics, who are there to give you the very best start to your career.
Once you’ve finished the Level 1 course, you’ll have a real understanding of light vehicle maintenance and repair and be ready to move on to the more advanced Level 2 and 3 courses. We also offer apprenticeships across the automotive industry, so if you want to earn while you learn, then you can consider that option.
- You should have a genuine interest in this subject
- You will need to have achieved a minimum of Level 1 Functional Skills or GCSE grade 3(D) or above in English and maths
Principles of construction and routine maintenance
Principles of engines Principles of tyres and brakes
Steering and suspension systems
Principles of transmission
Principles of vehicle electrics and electronics
Please choose your preferred study option below (subject to change).
This course costs: £
If the amount shown is more than £0.00 and you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.
This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).
You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.
To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.
“I chose to complete these qualifications to progress within my own business and enhance my skills. I have now enrolled on the IMI MOT Test Centre Management Course to advance even further. Developing professionally gives me a sense of security and stability."Tony Rothero