Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14-16, 16-18, 19+

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For those interested in a career within the motor vehicle industry, our fantastic Motor Vehicle Technology Level 1 course provides an overview of the fundamentals of the theory and practical skills.

Taught in our fully-operational motor vehicle unit, you will learn the technical skills in engine, transmission, electrical and chassis technologies, whilst working on cars in an environment very similar to the motor vehicle industry.

Our motor vehicle unit also has classroom facilities so that you can learn theory and apply it practically. The course structure is based on gaining a full Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance, enabling you to progress to Level 2.

Course objectives

This course is designed for those who are interested in learning about the maintenance of motor vehicles and the various roles that are available in the retail motor industry:

  • Understanding the principles and fundamental skills for motor vehicle technology
  • Gain ‘hands-on’ experience working with engines and car components
  • Learn from experienced technicians to support your career progression

Course details

Course duration


1 year


Level 1 Diploma

Entry requirements

Good attendance and a genuine interest in car mechanics and technology. An ability to follow instructions and safety guidelines. Literacy, numeracy and IT skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential.


A fantastic one-year course carried out at our fully-operational motor vehicle unit, covering both practical and theory. You will learn skills in engine, transmission, electrical and chassis technologies, while working on cars in an environment very similar to the motor vehicle industry. Our motor vehicle unit also has classroom facilities so that you can learn theory and apply it practically.

You will learn how to:

  • Follow health and safety practices in a vehicle maintenance workshop
  • Safely use and maintain tools, equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance
  • Functions and components of the following systems:
  • Engines
  • Chassis
  • Transmission
  • Basic electrical systems

You will also learn how to:

  • Deal with problems in daily life
  • Develop self-discipline and an understanding of industry expectations
  • Understand the principles of staying safe on the road and the legislation surrounding road usage
  • Develop an awareness of how your actions in the workplace affect the environment

Assessment and exam information

The qualification has a practical approach to assessment including visual observation and questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest you. The learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of task-based, observation, oral questioning and online assessments.

Career and progression

Work experience

All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.

Enrichment opportunities

A variety of enrichment activities are available.

Learner progression

Progress to a level 2 Diploma. It can also provide opportunities to other appropriate destinations, such as apprenticeships and employment.

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

For more information, get in touch.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan