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Motor Vehicle Transport Maintenance (Mechanics) Level 1

The Transport Maintenance Level 1 Diploma programme is designed for students wishing to enter into the maintenance or repair side of the motor industry. It is aimed at those who do not work within the industry and wish to gain formal qualifications through a full-time programme of study. You will master the basic repair skills needed for work on various vehicle systems and have an understanding of the related technology.

The programme will provide the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by potential vehicle technicians. Students successfully completing all units of study will have mastered the basic repair skills needed for work on various vehicle systems and have an understanding of the related technology. Assessment is based on external examinations with internal assessment of practical ability.

Practical skills and knowledge are delivered by demonstration and practical assignments in the workshop. Theoretical knowledge is delivered by classroom tuition, guided assignments, ILT, and personal study. In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

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Course Content

Motor Vehicle Transport Maintenance Diploma Level 1 course units

This qualification consists of a combination of units from:

  • Health and Safety practices
  • Foundation Skills
  • Personal Social Development (PSD)
  • Mechanical
  • Light Vehicle
  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Electrical
  • Valeting
  • Cycle Maintenance
  • Electrically Propelled Awareness

Learners are required to choose units, specific to their needs, across the listed groups above to achieve this Diploma. Some units within this route are additional units, which allow learners to develop knowledge not only in Light Vehicle but other means of transport. This Light Vehicle route allows learners to have the flexibility to develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role they desire in the future.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs (9-1) including English and Maths and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

Further study and training to level 2 is recommended. Progression to an Apprenticeship programme is also an option at level 2. Progression to Level 2 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or Vehicle Inspection.

This is a 16-18 years old study programme only.

All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.

Costs of studying

If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:

  • equipment costs – such as uniforms, kits, boots, etc.
  • trips and enrichment activities
  • DBS checks (formerly CRB checks)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are aged over sixteen and thinking of enrolling on a full or part-time course, you can apply for funding through the College Bursary Fund. Funds will be targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

The bursary fund cannot assist with any general living costs nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

You are advised to read the notes and policies at the beginning of the form and ensure that you provide all the evidence that is required when submitting your application.

When can I apply?

16-18 Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Full details of the bursary funds can be found here:

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***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

Motor Vehicle Transport Maintenance (Mechanics) Level 1
Course Outline: designed for students wishing to enter into the maintenance or repair side of the motor industry
LevelLevel 1
LocationColchester
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year old study programme: Free

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.