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Motor Vehicle Maintenance - Level 1 Diploma

Course Code: FE0105-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Qualification: VRQ Award in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Level 1 Awarding Body: VRQ

Course aims

Brighton MET's motor vehicle department is one of the highest achieving in the country. If you're interested in how cars work and would like a career as a mechanic, the College offers a friendly, supportive and highly professional environment, with a range of courses that cover the technical needs of today's major vehicle repair industry.

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.


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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.


19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!


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Entry requirements

2 GCSEs grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Health and safety
  • Tools and materials
  • Maintenance
  • Engine work and rebuilds
  • Removal of vehicle components 
  • Electrical repairs
  • Tools and materials
  • Soldering and riveting
  • Making a hand tool

Why the MET?

The course is based at our state-of-the art 446-square-metre motor vehicle workshop with high-tech tools and facilities.

Benefit from the latest diagnostic MOT-standard equipment and access to a full engineering workshop.

You will be taught by expert teachers who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • State-of-the art 446-square-metre motor vehicle workshop
  • High-tech tools and facilities including the latest diagnostic equipment
  • A full engineering workshop
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
Facilities at Brighton MET
  • Assessment

    Practical portfolio and online multiple choice exams

Work experience

Our motor vehicle department is well known to the motor trade business community in Brighton and the college has been the city’s biggest provider of trained mechanics since 1946.

All students will have the opportunity to undertake 30 hours minimum of work experience, which will provide invaluable links with local employers. This has led to employment for a number of our students.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

On successful completion of this Level 1 course you may wish to continue your studies at the MET and move on to the Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair full time or as an apprentice.

The qualifications you gain at the MET will help provide entry into a range of employment opportunities with independent or franchised dealerships and repairers, or in roles such as diagnostic technician and MOT tester.

Additional costs

You will need to purchase some specialist equipment and resources for this course. The cost will vary from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Some financial help may be available through our bursary team.

Additional costs
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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Vehicle technician, mechanic or electrician

Typical Tasks:

  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -3.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,244

AVERAGE £23,537

POTENTIAL £33,774

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Science

Vehicle body builder or repairer

Typical Tasks:

  • Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.
  • Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
  • Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
  • Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
  • Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
  • Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -2.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,386

AVERAGE £21,528

POTENTIAL £30,771

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Science
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