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Certificate in Transport Maintenance - Level 1 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 1
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

These days, there's a lot more to car maintenance and repair than being good with a spanner. Modern cars are very complex and computerised, so there's a lot to learn; but, if you want to work on vehicles for a living, it all starts here.

This qualification combines exciting practical sessions with the theory needed to achieve a great foundation to progress into the industry.


This study programme is an ideal combination of practical lessons taught in our excellent, fully-equipped workshops, and the theory behind the maintenance and repair of motor vehicles.

You'll explore the fundamentals of the vehicle's main systems including engines, chassis systems, basic electrics and an introduction to alternative energy sources. We will also encourage you to find work placements, because they will help you develop your skills faster and help you understand how the business really works.

Course units of study may include

- Health and safety in the workplace
- Locating, interpreting and using technical information
- Applying engineering techniques in an automotive environment
- Introduction to low carbon technologies
- The retail motor industry
- Vehicle steering and suspension system components
- Spark ignition engine system construction and maintenance
- Light vehicle braking system construction and maintenance
- Light vehicle wheel and tyre construction and maintenance
- Electrical foundation skills
The course is assessed by both written and practical means. Students will be required to complete knowledge assessments via an electronic portfolio for each unit of study. Practical assessments will be carried out in the workshop, and also recorded by the student in the eportfolio.

The assessments in the workshop will be graded as "competent" or "not competent". Additionally, candidates are required to successfully pass an online exam.

Students who do not pass first time will be given the opportunity to retake the assessment after guidance and further training.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 3 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.

You will need to show that you have a real desire to work in the vehicle maintenance and repair industry, ideally planning to progress to an apprenticeship.
This programme is a sound preparation for more vocational training. You could continue to other related qualifications or apprenticeships, such as vehicle maintenance and repair, vehicle accident repair or vehicle parts operations.
This course is run at the North Devon Campus, which incorporates a fantastic vehicle workshop environment that replicates a modern vehicle repair centre.
Equipment includes personal protective equipment (PPE boots and overalls), stationary and Level 1 technical workbook. Details are forwarded to all candidates prior to the start of the course.
Learners can expect to pay an additional fee of £20 which contributes to materials.
For hygiene reasons, we suggest you invest in a personal set of appropriate overalls and steel-toe capped safety boots. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc.
Any trips may incur an additional cost.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: Are there any external trips on this course?
A: There may be the opportunity to participate in a number of trips during the year that may incur an additional cost. In the past, students have attended the 'Auto Sports International Show' and a Barcelona trip.

Q: Is there any financial support available to me?
A: Financial support may be available for any additional cost. Please enquire within the Advice & Guidance Centre.

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