Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 1
This is an introductory qualification with a strong emphasis on hands-on assessment. The course is aimed at those just entering the automotive industry.
“I joined Newbury College because I want to become a mechanic, the course really appealed to me.”
“I’ve always been interested in joining Newbury College, working on cars is my passion. I have particularly enjoyed all the time in the motor vehicle workshop.”
“I am really interested in Motor Mechanics which is why I chose Newbury College. I enjoy the working on vehicles in the workshop.”
“I chose to study mechanics at Newbury College as it offers a range of practical work to take part in. I enjoy problem solving and practical subjects and my course is ideal for that. So far my favourite part has been doing an engine rebuild, where we get given an engine and have to strip and rebuild the whole thing.”
Students are trained and assessed through practical assessments, the completion of job cards, assignment work, and questioned on topics including engine lubrication and cooling systems, fuel and exhaust systems, and spark ignition systems.
Part-time work in the motor trade would be an advantage but is not essential.
Students must have four GCSE passes at grade 3/D or above, to include Maths and English. Level 1 Certificate vocational qualification in Vehicle maintenance would be advantageous.
No previous experience is required, but an interest in automotive industry is essential.
Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance Level 1
Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 2 or an apprenticeship.
Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments are set on Moodle, Newbury College's online learning environment and will have an agreed submission date. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.
Homework will be set via Moodle, Newbury College's online learning platform. Students are expected to allocate approximately 3 hours per a week on research and homework outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the Learning Resource Centre.
Students will complete a work placement. This helps to reinforce the understanding of the types of roles available within industry and enhance the skills required to gain future employment in the sector.
Fees and Additional Costs
Steel toe cap boots and overalls are required for all workshop classes. A course textbook is required for all classroom lessons. Students are encouraged to purchase their own tools for use in the workshop. Details can be given at interview.
14 - 18 year olds
In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.
19 years and over
Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.