West Thames College London

Motor Vehicle Maintenance - IMI Level 1 Award (Evening)

This course provides an introduction to the motor vehicle industry and will enable you to develop skills in car maintenance. It is held two evenings per week in the specialist motor vehicle workshops at our Skills Centre in Feltham.

Key course features


IMI Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance

Level: Level 1

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 11 September 2017

Who is this course for?

For adults who want to learn new skills and gain a qualification to help them find employment in the automotive industry.

About the course

You will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Tools, equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance.

You will study:

  • Introduction to the retail automotive maintenance and repair industry
  • Spark ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Compression ignition engine systems, components and operation
  • Steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more)
  • Vehicle braking systems components and maintenance.
Additional opportunities

We arrange work experience opportunities and trips and visits where possible.

How will I be assessed?

The qualification has a practical approach to assessment and includes many visual questioning techniques. The learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of task based assessment, observation, oral questioning and online assessments.

Where next?

You can go on to a Level 2 apprenticeship or find work.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, but an interview will be required. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.


Fees may be subject to change.

How to apply?
Please click the "apply now" button and fill out the online application form.


  1. Sabina Enu-Kwesi

    Engineering student

    Sabina Enu-Kwesi

    “We get so much help and you never feel like you’re wrong – you’re just learning. I feel like I’m making progress every day and I’m getting better and better at what I do. I had the opportunity to do some work experience at British Airways in the servicing and repairs department which encouraged me to work harder to achieve my goal of becoming a civil engineer.”

  2. Susan Thapa

    BTEC Level 2 Engineering

    Susan Thapa

    "In the future, if I do well I would like to become an engineer. I'm more interested in the design side and I enjoy using CAD so I would probably specialise in this area. The good thing about the course is I can learn the basics and then choose what to specialise in later."


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