Vehicle Fitting Principles – Light Vehicle

This course is designed for those who would like to find a job in the light vehicle automotive industry. You must achieve all learning outcomes for all units. You will be assessed by IMI practical assessments, centre devised assessment methods and IMI external testing.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Automotive
  • Qualification IMIAL Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Course Length 1 year

These courses develop your essential knowledge of vehicle fitting principles, preparing you for the Level 3 course. You will be expected to achieve Functional Skills at an appropriate level. The course is made up of a number of units that cover specific topics. These topics are delivered by classroom lectures and practical sessions in the vehicle workshop. Each of the units contains a number of learning outcomes. In order to pass and achieve certification, students must achieve all of the unit’s learning outcomes, by completing the underpinning knowledge assessment criteria. Assessment of each unit is made up of 3 components, IMI Practical Assessments, Centre Devised Assessment Methods and IMI External Testing.

What topics will I study?

You will:

  • Study health and safety, tools and materials, automotive job roles, braking systems, chassis and associated systems
  • Use the latest equipment and vehicles in a realistic, industry standard environment
  • Take optional, additional courses in hybrid and electric vehicle technology
  • Develop soft skills, such as communication and employer expectations, to prepare you
    for the industry
  • Have opportunities for work experience alongside your studies
  • Gain the practical skills needed to complete your GCSE English and Maths

What experiences will I get?

You will have the opportunity to take optional, additional courses in hybrid and electric vehicle technology and be able to participate in work experience alongside your studies.

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps:

You could progress either to the Subsidiary Diploma for a further year or to a Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Grade 3 in English Language and Maths. If you don’t have a grade 4 in English Language and Maths, you will be required to study for this alongside your course. Plus, you will need three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: We will also consider your existing academic or vocational qualifications and experience and interest in working in the industry.

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

To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.

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.

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