Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Light Vehicle
Faculty of Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive
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Engineering, Aerospace and Automotive Level 2 - IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary/Extended Diploma Technology Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to improve your chance of finding a job in the light vehicle automotive industry. It can also help to fast-track students into an Intermediate Apprenticeship. GCSE retakes, Level 2 Functional Skills and workshop sessions are an essential part of this course.

Assessment of each unit is made up of three components – IMI Practical Assessments, Centre Devised Assessment Methods and IMI External Testing.

What topics will I study?

The IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma is delivered through a number of units covering:

  • Automotive health and safety
  • Automotive tools and materials
  • Light vehicle component replacement
  • Light vehicle engines systems
  • Light vehicle chassis systems
  • Light vehicle maintenance
  • Light vehicle inspection
  • Light Vehicle basic hybrid technology


What experiences will I get?

Both the IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary and Extended Diplomas are structured to allow you to find a work experience opportunity alongside your college training. This may significantly improve your chances of progressing as an apprentice at the end of this course. 

What are the entry requirements?

Entry for the IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma is through an interview where you demonstrate a keen interest in working in the Automotive Industry. You should have a minimum of four good GCSEs at Grade 3 or above in Mathematics, English and Science based subjects.  Academic qualifications such as a Level 1 qualification in Automotive Studies or vocational experience such as work experience may also be considered. To begin the IMIAL Level 2 Extended Diploma you will have completed the Subsidiary Diploma and have a minimum of four good GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in Mathematics, English and Science based subjects.

What can I study alongside this course?

Both the IMIAL Level 2 Subsidiary Diplomas are studied on their own and cannot be combined with other courses. For the Subsidiary Diploma you will be expected to secure 30 hours of work experience in local garages to enhance your employability skills.. 

What facilities are there?

  • A large new fully equipped workshop
  • Vehicles which are less than five years old
  • A state of the art automotive diagnostic laboratory with test simulators and rigs
  • A dedicated IT laboratory with internet access
  • Specific automotive training classrooms

A £8.3 million Technology Centre at Monkerton opened in September 2012. The centre combines the training and teaching of aerospace, engineering and automotive students with access to state of the art equipment within world class facilities. The centre houses the latest vehicles and automotive training resources. You will have access to a learning resource centre.

Click here to find out about travel options to the Technology Centre 

What can the course lead on to?

This Subsidiary Diploma will help you find a job within the automotive industry. The Level 2 programme gives an excellent opportunity to progress onto an apprenticeship or the Level 2 Vehicle Body Repair or Refinishing qualifications. The Level 2 programme gives an excellent opportunity to progress onto an apprenticeship or to the Level 3 Diploma.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to have boots, overalls and Polo shirts which are ordered through our supplier. You will also have to pay £50 to cover faculty materials.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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