City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance


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 Body/Paint 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, Manufacturing and Bench/Hand skills, Body Technology, Environment Protection Acts, Basic Body Repair Techniques and panel preparation with foundation materials for Motor Vehicle PSV/HGV, Aircraft, Shipping, manufacture.

We know that having good qualifications alone doesn’t always make you stand out.

That’s why we’re all about going the extra mile with you.

Studying with us means practical, hands-on workshops, group sessions, expert guest speakers, visits to local employers, wellbeing drop-ins, chill out time … the list goes on. 

As part of the course, you will also take part in an external work placement to help you develop your confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd. 

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 Diploma Accident Body Repair Principles, or an apprenticeship if in full time employment.

1 Year, Full Time.

Campus: Westoe (Motor Vehicle)

When does the course start?

September 2021

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