Candidates will develop the basic skills and knowledge of vehicle systems needed to move onto the Level 2 course, or apply for an automotive apprenticeship or similar engineering pathway. The qualification covers a variety of automotive related areas. The course is split 50/50 over both classroom based theory lessons and workshop based practical activities.
The Diploma is made up of 11 units including: health & safety, vehicle lubrication systems, cooling systems, fuel and exhaust systems, vehicle electrical systems, ignition systems, transmission systems, braking systems, steering and suspension systems, wheels and tyres, manufacturing and bench skills.
There is a minimum requirement of a grade D (3) in maths and English for entry onto the Level 1 course.
The course is portfolio based and is assessed by observation of practical tasks carried out to a set quality standard and by an online exam at the end of each unit.
Once the Level 1 Diploma course has been fully completed the candidate can move onto the Level 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles, or an apprenticeship if in full time employment.