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Schools 14-16 - IMI Level 1 Certificate in Service Maintenance Engineering

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Level: 1

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Delivered in school years 10 and 11, this course is for students who wish to pursue an apprenticeship in the automotive industry or for those who may want to study in this specialism post 16.

It is an exciting opportunity to develop occupational knowledge and undertake practical tasks in a state of the art Motor Vehicle environment.

Entry requirements

Teacher assessments at 4/5 and a successful competitive interview and multiple choice test. A real interest in having a career in the automotive industry is also required.


Course Content

  • ET111 Health & Safety
  • ET112 Engineering Tools & Equipment
  • ET113 Engineering Project
  • ET114 Engineering Maths & Science
  • ET115 Working in the Motor Industry
  • ET116 Working with Customers & Colleagues
  • ET121 Engine Systems
  • ET122 Repair & Replacement of Tyres
  • ET133 Low Carbon Vehicle Technologies
  • PSD01 Self Development
  • PSD02 Problem Solving
  • PSD03 Environmental Issues
  • PSD06 Preparing for Work

Additional Units:

  • L106 Steering & Suspension Systems
  • L107 Vehicle Braking Systems

How will I be assessed?

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed 90% through job card evidence - with observations of practical tasks to assess competency - and 10% via external multiple choice online examinations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots. (NB. overalls must be purchased through Derby College).

What can I do after this course?

With the successful completion of this course, including the additional units, and the necessary GCSE grades in maths and English, progression onto the Full Time L2 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair is possible.

Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, a Light Vehicle apprenticeship is also possible with confirmed employment in a suitable vehicle repair company.


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Derby College is an IMI recognised employer

Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College

The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.

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Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.

As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.

Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.

The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.

I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.
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