Motor Vehicle Maintenance (L1 Award)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 463 Conc £0 Full £1254

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 32 MAC 03/10/2019 02/07/2020 MV1402

What will the course cover?

This course will focus on the main systems on a modern motor car, how they function and how to maintain them effectively and safely. Each term of this course will cover an individual unit of a qualification, and there will be an opportunity towards the end of the year to register and achieve a formal qualification.

Who is the course for?

If you want to start on the route to work in the vehicle care and repair industry, this course is for you. You will learn skills and gain knowledge that will prepare you for a career in the motor vehicle trade.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

A keen interest in motor vehicles would help you succeed. You should have English and Maths skills to level 1 or above. Failing that you should have a reasonable standard of literacy and numeracy and be able to follow written and spoken instructions and take detailed notes of theoretical topics discussed in class. At interview prospective learners will undertake an initial assessment task to check levels and support may be offered where necessary.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Be able to recognise and identify the main components of a modern motor car and have an understanding of how they function, how they interact with each other and be aware of common faults that can affect their function and performance. Each term’s course outcomes will differ depending on what unit is being covered. Full details available on application or contact Nick McKenzie

How is the course organised?

The course is a mix of workshop practical tasks and classroom theory.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Reading of class notes, handouts, car Workshop Manuals such as Haynes or AutoData, related magazines such as: Car Mechanics, Auto Express, What Car and Used Car Buyer, Practical Classics. Search on-line for information from sites like, , and various car forum websites. Visit car shows and exhibitions like the British Motor Show, Canary Wharf Expo, Classic Car Show, Race Car Live, Glorious Goodwood, etc.

How will my progress be assessed?

Individual progress will be assessed through practical activities and a portfolio of evidence.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

On completion of this course you should aim to continue on to further studies to become fully qualified whilst starting the search for employment.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

You will need boots or if preferred, stout leather shoes, (no trainers or ‘soft shoes’ will be allowed), and overalls/boiler suit or old street clothing. You will also need notepad, pencil and pen. Please note: As we have no storage room all vehicles and ancillary items including used engine oil and components must be removed at the end of each session.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.