ABC Level 1 Diploma Motor Vehicle Studies

About the course

The Automotive Retail Industry provides employment for over half a million employees and is a major contributor to the economy in England, generating £129 billion of total turnover in England in 2008*.

The Level 1 Diploma provides an introduction into motor vehicle systems, with a focus on the main vehicle operating systems.

* The Institute of the Motor Industry

Course modules

Year 1

Health and safety for motor vehicle studies

In this mandatory unit the learner will explore the responsibility of the employer and employee and the requirements of basic Health and Safety legislation. They will identify workshop hazards and basic safety procedures.

Introduction to battery and lighting systems

In this unit the learner will explore the function, operation and routine procedures required on the vehicle battery and lighting system. They will explore the main components of the lighting, driver information and circuit protection systems.

Introduction to engine liquid cooling and engine lubrication systems

In this unit the learner will investigate the main components of liquid cooling and lubrication systems and the reasons for each. They will learn about maintenance procedures and the precautions to be taken when working on each system.

Introduction to engineering equipment and materials

In this unit the learner will identify different materials and their properties. They will learn how to select and correctly use hand and power tools.

Introduction to spark ignition power units

In this unit the learner will find out about the main components of an engine, the operating principles of the four stroke spark ignition engine and the function of gaskets, seals and locking devices.

Introduction to steering and suspension

In this unit the learner will find out about the layout of basic steering and suspension systems and the performing of routine maintenance tasks for these systems, following all relevant safety precautions.

Introduction to vehicle braking systems

In this unit the learner will explore the layout of basic braking systems and the performing of routine maintenance tasks for these systems, following all relevant safety precautions.

Introduction to vehicle exhaust systems

In this unit the learner will learn about modern vehicle exhaust systems their construction and correct usage including the carrying out of practical activities regarding inspection and replacement.

Introduction to vehicle ignition systems

In this unit the learner will learn about the main components of vehicle ignition systems their construction and correct usage including the carrying out of practical activities regarding inspection and replacement.

Introduction to vehicle valeting

In this unit the learner will find out about the selection and application of correct materials when valeting the exterior, interior and engine bay of motor vehicles. They will learn about the correct handling and disposal of waste.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Learners who are 16+ who have an interest in Motor Vehicles.

Academic qualifications are not essential, but some level of ability in Maths and English is important.

Learning and assessment

The aim of the course is to develop the basic practical skills and theoretical knowledge that are required through a series of practical and written assessments.

Assessments will include completing a portfolio of evidence, oral assessments and practical work. There are no formal examinations on the Level 1 Diploma.

Progression

Successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Studies provides a sound preparation for further vocational training, such as continuing onto other related qualifications at Level 2 or appropriate Apprenticeships at Level 2.

Special requirements

Steel toe-capped boots and Protective overalls.

Motorsport

The British motorsports industry is recognised as the best in the world with Britons at the heart of a vast range of worldwide motorsport activities. It is a huge industry employing people in businesses from retail performance specialists to preparation companies, with many Formula One and World Rally Teams based in the UK.

Myerscough College has seven motorsport workshops and a number of different competition cars for the continuing development and expansion of motorsport teaching. We believe that hands-on experience is an important aspect of learning and therefore encourages students to take part in a wide range of motorsport events throughout the UK. The department also now features a brand new motorcycle workshop for the learners on our new motorcycle programme.

NEW: Motorcycle Workshop

Myerscough College has recently invested in a brand new state of the art Motorcycle workshop for our new Motorcycle Maintenance course which offers students the chance to work on two wheels, understand the principles of motorcycle mechanics and get involved in the thriving motorcycle sport industry.