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Motor Vehicle Studies Diploma level 1 – C5120

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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for motor vehicles? Interested in working on motor vehicles for a career? This could be the right course for you. This level 1 diploma is designed to teach you about different roles available in the motor vehicle industry. This Light Vehicle route allows you to have the flexibility to develop your knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare you for further studies and potentially enter a job role in the future.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Leicester College has a very well-equipped modern vehicle body repair / refinishing workshop along with mechanical repair workshops. They offer advanced tools, equipment and repair techniques that enable you to gain a wide range of skills essential for the workplace. The study programme involves you studying both the theory and practical aspects of mechanical and accident repair. This qualification consists of a combination of units to include;

Health and Safety practices, mechanical systems, electrical systems, braking systems, suspension systems, engine systems, steering systems, wheel and tyres. The course also cover paint and body accident repair units to give a rounded learning experience. You will complete a Learner Employability Achievement Programme (LEAP), which includes personal development and employability.

Entry Requirements

Direct Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work. Two GCSEs in English and maths at grade 2 or above is required, Plus Two further GCSEs at grade 2 or above.

Progressing student will need to have completed their Entry level 3 Motor Vehicle study program including both English and maths functional skills qualifications at Entry level 3.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at Level 1 minimum. An interview will be required to ascertain prior achievement.

How you will be assessed

The course is designed to give you both theory and hands-on practical experience on carrying out accident repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the body/paint and mechanical workshops, coupled with written assessments and online exams. Your tutors will provide theory explanations, practical demonstrations and guide you through all assessments, written, practical and online exams.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1500.00

Additional Costs

You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overall. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £30 and £45.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

This course is the first step for students considering a career in the automotive industry. You could progress onto the level 2 programmes such as the Light Vehicle Studies Certificate and Diplomas. In addition, Motor Sports Diploma and Body / Paint Diplomas are available provided you meet course entry requirements or are in employment in the motor trade as part of a national apprenticeship scheme.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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