West Thames College London

Service and Maintenance Engineering - Level 1

This introductory course is based in our specialist workshops at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre, Feltham and is accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). It covers both theoretical and practical aspects of the knowledge and skills required by today's engineering industry. You will learn skills associated with working in a garage or an engineering environment and gain an understanding of health and safety in the workplace. A practical engineering or motor vehicle project will also be run throughout the year.

Key course features


IMI Level 1 Diploma in Service and Maintenance Engineering

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

School leavers with an interest in engineering and the automotive industry.

About the course

The course combines both practical and theory sessions.

You will study:

  • Routine vehicle maintenance processes and procedures on vehicles: an introduction to the principles of routine vehicle maintenance on vehicles and the methods that must be used to ensure this is carried out effectively.
  • Electrical foundation skills in an engineering environment: The basic principles of operation of 12 and 24 volt electrical systems and their components.
  • Introduction to machining engineering materials: The methods used when machining materials, including drilling, turning, milling and grinding.
  • Introduction to projects in an engineering environment: You will plan and run a project which creates something new or implements a change.
  • Health and safety: Health and safety requirements when carrying out simple tasks in engineering environments.

You will also study functional skills in English and maths.

Additional opportunities

We will arrange work experience opportunities where possible.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and skills will be assessed using a combination of methods which are set by the IMI, including:

  • practical assessments in a motor vehicle / Engineering workshop environment
  • written knowledge assessments
  • assignments
  • online multiple-choice testing.
Where next?

If you successfully complete all the modules you can go on to a Level 2 Diploma in Motor Vehicle, Engineering or Electrical Installation. You may wish to start an apprenticeship or work in the industry.

Entry requirements

None, but you will have an assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years, however you may pay for material fees related to the course.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Nicola Pocock

    Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance

    Nicola Pocock

    "I love learning new skills and meeting people to work with. The teachers are really helpful and supportive. I'm now going to do an Apprenticeship where I'm hoping to learn even more skills."


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