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Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance (Motor Vehicle Mechanic)

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Motor vehicle service and repair fast fit industry (motor mechanic/ tyre fitter).

Overview of the course: 

For students wanting to develop some of the key skills and understanding in motor vehicle systems.
Successful candidates will have the basic skills needed to apply for an automotive apprenticeship within the fast fit industry. These qualifications could also be used as an ‘interest’ course for a wide range of learners.

Entry requirements: 

Subject to interview.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


Skills in Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
Knowledge of Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
Skills to Support Working Relationships in the Automotive Work Environment
Knowledge to Support working relationships in the Automotive Work Environment
Introduction to vehicle technology and workshop methods and processes
Carry out basic routine vehicle maintenance of wheels, tyres, suspension and vehicle braking systems


How is the course assessed?: 

Practical assessments in the vehicle workshop.

Further study options after this course: 

Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle fast fit or an apprentice in the motor vehicle industry.

Length of the course: 

1 Year Full Time.
50% of the program delivered in a classroom environment. 50% in the workshop. Students will be required to carryout independent learning using IT resources made available to them.
This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


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When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2021 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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