Introduction to Motor Vehicle Level 1

Course Details

  • Department

  • Qualification

    Level 1
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    1 Year
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

Gain a broad knowledge of motor vehicle systems on this course, suited to those focused on a career in car mechanics or engineering. You’ll get hands-on experience reinforced by classroom learning at a college with strong links to the automotive industry.

Entry Requirements

3-4 GCSEs

At least 3-4 subjects at grade 2 (E-F equivalent) ideally including English and Maths.

Cost for students aged Under 19


for students over the age of 19 please contact us


Key Information

Structure Units created by the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) deliver only current and relevant knowledge designed to engage and motivate students.




Students will study the following topics:

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Locating, Interpreting and Using Technical Information
  • Applying Engineering Techniques in an Automotive Environment
  • Light Vehicle Braking System Components and Maintenance
  • Light Vehicle Wheel and Tyre Construction and Maintenance
  • Light Vehicle Exhaust System Components and Maintenance
  • Spark Ignition system maintenance
  • Vehicle Driveline Maintenance
  • Routine Vehicle Maintenance Processes and Procedures
  • Vehicle Steering and Suspension System Components and Maintenance
  • Lighting System Maintenance
  • Vehicle Exterior Valeting and Detailing
  • Electrical Vehicle Awareness
  • Introduction to Low Carbon Technologies in the Automotive Industry
  • Moving Loads and Vehicle Lifting
  • Vehicle Materials and Joining Methods
  • The Retail Motor Industry
  • Tools, Equipment, and Consumable Materials for Vehicle Maintenance


At least 3-4 subjects at grade 2 (E-F equivalent).


Ideally including English and Maths.

You can progress on the IMI Level 2 Diploma in Motorsport Maintenance and repair delivered here at Askham Bryan College.

Alternatively you could find employment or an apprenticeship within the automotive industry.

Twenty-five hours of work experience placement at an industry-related business such as garage parts department or engineering-based business.

Students are expected to secure their own employer for work experience, however, our Employability Team can help source one for you.


Steel toe-caped boots (around £30) and overalls to which the students must cover the costs.

If you wish to bring in any further PPE such as goggles and gloves, you are welcomed to to do so.


Bursaries are available for students requiring financial assistance. Please speak with our Students Services Team for more information.


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