Whether you’re just leaving school and want to join the automotive industry or are already employed and want to enhance your skills with a relevant qualification, this course will help you to meet your goals. It is designed for students who have either successfully completed the IMI Level 1 or 2 Diploma, or those who have prior achievement in other relevant subject areas and an interest in vehicle electrical systems. You will learn about vehicle electrical principles, vehicle starting and charging systems, auxiliary electrical systems and use of electrical testing equipment. You will be taught in the College’s industry-standard workshops and technical classrooms by experienced tutors with industry experience. If you don’t already have GCSEs in maths and English at grade 4 (C), you will study these subjects as part of your programme, improving your skills and enhancing your employability. The course requires you to spend three days a week at the College.
What will I learn?
You will study a range of units to develop your skills and knowledge in:
• Health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
• Supporting job roles in the automotive environment
• Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
• Locating and correcting simple electrical faults in the automotive workplace
• Enhancing vehicle electrical systems
• Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
• Removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed through a combination of online examinations and vehicle and workshop based practical assessments, as well as completing a wide range of units based around vehicle electrics.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Motor industries (IMI). The final qualification is the IMI Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles.
• IMI Level 1 or Level 2 Diploma, or prior relevant achievement in other subject areas.
• English and maths GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above.
Additional Costs and Information
You will need to supply your own protective clothing (overalls and steel toecap safety boots) and stationery.
What Could I Do Next?
Most students use this qualification to move on to an apprenticeship or to progress directly into a career as an automotive engineer, service technician, vehicle electrician or motorsport technician. You could also choose to progress on to the Level 3 Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician or Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician course.