IMI Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

This Level 1 qualification covers the basic technical needs for today's motor vehicle repair industry. It provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. It is a learning programme which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

  • Light vehicle construction and routine maintenance
  • Operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems
  • Operating principles and maintenance of light vehicle transmission systems and electrical and electronic systems.
  • Students also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Enrichment Activities - The Motor Vehicle students have the opportunity to visit Santa Pod to watch drag racing and Brands Hatch for track days to experience the atmosphere during race events. The students will also have an opportunity to visit trade shows / exhibitions to liaise with employers and see the latest with employers and see the latest technology in the Motor Industry.


Course Content and Job Skills

  • Motor Vehicle Practical - one day per week
  • Motor Vehicle Theory
  • Functional / basic skills



  • Observation of practical work
  • Written Assessments
  • Oral Assessment
  • On-line Computer Examinations




The course is suitable for school leavers interested in becoming a Motor Vehicle Technician.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs at grade D/3 in both Maths and English, or working toward Level 1 in Literacy and Numeracy. It would be preferable for a science-based subject to have been studied as well.
Alternatively you will have successfully completed a Motor Vehicle Entry Level 3 qualification.

  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your commitment and skills in an interview.
  • 85% attendance on current course or at school
  • Behaviour and punctuality must be excellent and a reference from current course tutor or school will be required.


1 year,This will usually be 14 hours over three days each week.


IMI Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma in Maintenance and Repair if entry requirements are met.

Additional Information

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For information about course costs, please see the Carshalton College fees policy.

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