Introduction to Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (BTEC Level 1 Award)

Course Duration

1 term | £60pp per session

Session Times

09:30am – 11:30am | 12:30pm – 2:30pm


Basic Vehicle Body Repairs (NOCN Level 1)

This course is a great starting point to introduce the basic mechanical skills a student needs to work in the automotive repair industry.  The maximum number of pupils per group is 6. Our cohorts for this course start in September, in January and again in April (in correspondence with school term dates).

Male Female Mechanics Working Shop Car

Learning aims:

Preparation for carrying out routine service tasks

  • Access to servicing guidance, to include manufacturer’s workshop manuals, owner’s workshop manuals, labour time manuals.
  • Use of routine vehicle servicing schedules.
  • Technical data: parts databases, technical data manuals, component or consumable product labelling and data sheets.
  • Safe working practices when carrying out motor vehicle servicing.
  • Important general safety considerations when working in an automotive workshop, to include awareness of moving vehicles, impact, trapping and entanglement in moving parts or lifting equipment, use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), maintaining a tidy work area.
    the basic mechanical skills a student needs to work in the automotive repair industry.
  • Safe working practices relevant to servicing procedures, to include safe handling of engine oil and other fluids, correct disposal of waste products, dealing with spillages, correct use of tools and equipment, including those using compressed air, avoiding contact with high temperature fluids or components.

Routine service tasks

  • Safe removal, disposal, and replacement of service consumable items, to include engine oil, oil filter, air filter, fuel filter (diesel), spark plugs (petrol).
  • Condition assessment, safe removal, disposal, and replacement of other items checked during a service, to include tyres, engine coolant, headlight and ancillary bulbs, fuses, brake pads or shoes, batteries, auxiliary drive belt, windscreen wipers.
  • Fluid level checks and top up, to include engine oil, clutch fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, gearbox oil, differential oil, windscreen washer fluid, coolant.

Tools and equipment

  • Safe and appropriate use of general and automotive workshop tools and equipment, to include general hand tools, airline and tyre inflator, tyre pressure gauge, pneumatic impact wrench, feeler gauges, tyre tread depth gauge, vehicle lifts and jacks, oil filter wrench.

Completing servicing records

Servicing records, to include copies of any technical information used, service checklist, manufacturer’s part number of any replacement parts used type and grade of any replacement fluids, vehicle registration number, manufacturer, model, year of manufacture, mileage.