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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Levels 1, 2 & 3

Motor Vehicle Maintenance Levels 1, 2 & 3

The motor vehicle qualifications offered are the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) level 1, 2 and 3 light vehicle qualifications. These qualifications will develop the candidates’ knowledge and skills of the various stages of vehicle maintenance and technology. This encompasses topics based on health and safety, tools and equipment, mechanical and electrical systems as well as electrically propelled and hybrid vehicles. During the courses you will develop the skills and knowledge required to service and maintain vehicle systems as well as diagnosing, inspecting, removing and replacing vehicle components.

The courses relate to a vast array of job roles within the motor industry for example:

  • Fast fit technician
  • Vehicle service technician
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair technician
  • Diagnostic technician
  • Master technician
  • MOT tester
  • Service manager

The light vehicle qualifications have been developed by the IMI and approved by the motor vehicle industries lead body. The level 1 qualification has been designed as a platform to allow progression to the level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, likewise successful completion of the level 2 course will allow progression for successful students to undertake the level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. Students are required to attend on a full-time basis to undertake the study of practical and technology theory requirements of these courses.

        The level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance:

Comprises the following units, all of which are required to be completed

  • L1MV01 – Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • L1MV02 – Locating, interpreting and using technical information.
  • L1MV03 – Applying engineering techniques in an automotive environment.
  • L1MV04 – Knowledge relating to automotive foundation skills.
  • L1MV66 – Moving loads and vehicle lifting.
  • L1MV85 – Vehicle materials and joining methods.
  • L1MV86 – The retail motor industry.
  • L1MV87 – Knowledge relating to corrosion protection.
  • L1MV06 – Preparation to become a vehicle driver.
  • L1MV08 – Reducing risks when driving vehicles.
  • L1MV11 – Health and safety practices in a maintenance and repair environment.
  • L1MV12 – Tools, equipment and consumable materials for vehicle maintenance.
  • L1MV20 – Compression ignition engine system components and operation.
  • L1MV21 – Air and liquid cooling system components and operation.
  • L1MV27 – Vehicle steering and suspension system components and maintenance                                                                                      
  • L1MV19 – Spark ignition engine system components and operation.
  • L1MV22 – Lubrication system components and operation.
  • L1MV28 – Light vehicle braking systems components and maintenance.
  • L1MV29 – Light vehicle wheel and tyre construction and maintenance.
  • L1MV31 – Light vehicle exhaust system components and maintenance.
  • L1MV47 – Electrical foundation skills.
  • L1MV76 – Vehicle exterior valeting and detailing.
  • ELMV25 – Introduction to compression ignition fuel systems.
  • ET136 – Electric vehicle awareness.

    The Level 2 Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance

Students undertake the removal and replacement of vehicle components and the diagnosis of non-complex faults. The qualification comprises of the following units all of which are to be completed in order to be successful.

  • GA0102 Health & Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • GA3 Support for Job Roles in the Automotive Environment
  • GA4 Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices used in the Automotive Environment
  • LVM02.1 – Remove and Replace Light Vehicle Engine Mechanical and Lubrication System Units and Components
  • LVM02.2 – Remove and Replace Light Vehicle Heating & Cooling System Units and Components
  • LVM02.3 – Remove and Replace Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, Air, and Exhaust System Units and Components
  • LVM03 - Remove and Replace Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • LVM04 - Remove and Replace Light Vehicle Chassis Units and Components
  • LVM12.1 - Knowledge of Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units and Components
  • Synoptic unit - completed after all other units have been successfully completed:
  • L2LVMS – Plan, Prepare, Carry Out and Report on Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance

    Successful completion of Level 2 will allow progression to the Level 3 diploma


     The Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance

The Level 3 Diploma is made up of the following units; all units are required to be completed to achieve the full Diploma qualification. Students undertake testing and inspection of vehicle components and the diagnosis of complex system faults.

  • LVM0506 Inspect Light Vehicles Using Prescribed Methods
  • LVM11.1 Overhaul Light Vehicle Engine Mechanical Units
  • LVM07 Diagnose and Rectify Light Vehicle Engine System Faults
  • LVM08 Diagnose and Rectify Light Vehicle Chassis System Faults
  • LVM13.1 Knowledge of Diagnosing and Rectifying Light Vehicle Transmission & Driveline Faults
  • AEM06 Diagnose and Rectify Auxiliary Equipment Electrical Faults
  • Synoptic unit - completed after all other units have been successfully completed:
  • L3LVMS - Diagnose, Rectify and Report on Complex Light Vehicles Faults

Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance:

An avid interest in the subject as well as one or more of the following:

  • First Certificate in Engineering (studied as an option in years 9-11)
  • C-G grades in math, english and science

Level 2 Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance:

An avid interest in the subject as well as one or more of the following:

  • Level 1 in Motor Vehicle
  • First Certificate in Engineering (studied as an option in years 9-11)
  • A*-C grades in math, english and science

Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance:

An avid interest in the subject as well as one or more of the following, however, students that have completed an equivalent engineering/motor vehicle course at level 2 will be considered for direct entry onto the level 3 programme.

  • Level 2 in Motor Vehicle
  • A*-C grades in math, english and science

Completion of these qualifications can lead to employment in the Motor trade, the completion of an apprenticeship (a work based qualification), the progression to a Level 4 qualification or the progression to University to undertake a foundation degree in motor sport or engineering.

The skills and knowledge gained during the time spent at our Academy in this discipline are all transferable and can be related to light vehicle, plant, motorcycle, commercial vehicle and engineering.

There a lot of varied careers within the armed forces that these qualifications relate to, offering the potential for rapid progression.

Previous learners from our department have successfully undertaken careers and apprenticeships in electrical and mechanical engineering, the RAF, Army Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) as well as motor vehicle dealerships and local independent garages.