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Vehicle Maintenance: C&G Level 1 Diploma

Gain practical experience and the technical knowledge needed to work as a Service Technician carrying out maintenance/repairs on cars, vans and other light vehicles in garages, dealerships and maintenance depots.

Course information

Course Summary

The Diploma provides students with an understanding of the technical skills needed for working in the motor vehicle repair industry.

Course Code:N2241
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 1
Award:Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance (4290-11)
Awarded by:C&G
Course Length

1 year

Course Detail

Students will gain practical experience and the technical knowledge needed to work as a Service Technician carrying out maintenance/repairs on cars, vans and other light vehicles in garages, dealerships and maintenance depots.

The course content includes:

  • Health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance;
  • Good housekeeping;
  • Workshop;
  • Petrol and diesel engine technology;
  • Chassis and frames;
  • Tools and equipment;
  • Light vehicle construction and routine maintenance;
  • Air, fuel, ignition and exhaust systems;
  • Tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems;
  • Operating principles and maintenance of light vehicle transmission systems and
  • Electrical and electronic systems.

All students are provided with an individual study programme to develop the skills needed to gain employment and succeed in the workplace. If you have not already gained both GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above you will receive additional help and support to retake these examinations.

Students will be assessed via a mixture of practical assessments and online tests.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Why study Motor Vehicle at Nescot:

If you have a passion for cars or engineering then our specialist training courses could provide you with an introduction to the industry, or build on existing skills developed in the industry and further your career opportunities.

It is a great time to be working in the Motor Vehicle industry as the sector is predicted to have record growth in the coming years.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - Motor Industry Facts 2014,there are:

  • 30 million+ Vehicles currently on UK roads
  • 731,000 Number of people employed across UK automotive industry
  • 100,000 new automotive jobs to be created by 2020
  • £59.3 billion Amount generated in turnover each year by UK automotive

Below are some of the career opportunities available within the Motor Vehicle industry:

  • Light vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair
  • Fast-fit operations (tyres, exhausts, batteries etc)
  • Accident repair
  • Body building
  • Parts distribution and supply
  • Vehicle sales
  • Vehicle rental and leasing (self-drive or with driver)
  • Roadside assistance and recovery
  • Lift truck maintenance and repair
  • Motorsport maintenance and repair

To find out more about the Motor Vehicle industry please visit:

  • Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) www.smmt.co.uk
  • Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) www.theimi.org.uk (Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail industry)
  • City & Guilds
Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,080

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.
Entry Requirements

You must have GCSE English and maths at a minimum of Grade 4 in one, and Grade 3 in the other (you will have to re-sit GCSE maths or English if you have not achieved these), alternatively you will have successfully completed Entry Level 3 Diploma or a Level 1 Motor Vehicle Certificate course.

You will be asked to attend a remote conversation with a member of the Motor Vehicle Team by telephone or video link prior to enrolment to check you are on track to meet the entry criteria.

We will also require a satisfactory reference from your last school or college, and copies of previously attained qualifications grades or certificates.

Your Next Steps

This course will prepare you for employment or more advanced study and training.

What other Motor Vehicle courses can I progress on to at Nescot?:

  • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles C&G Level 2 Diploma

Potential career routes in the Motor Vehicle industry:

  • Accident repair
  • Body building
  • Fast-fit operations (tyres, exhausts, batteries etc)
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Lift truck maintenance and repair
  • Light vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair
  • Motorsport maintenance and repair
  • Parts distribution and supply
  • Roadside assistance and recovery
  • Vehicle rental and leasing (self-drive or with driver)
  • Vehicle sales
Other Information


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Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021