Automotive & Engineering
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

This qualification has a predominantly practical approach to assessment, and includes many visual questioning techniques, which will stimulate and interest the learner.

The qualifications combination of units provides learners with the flexibility in the choice of the areas they wish to develop their knowledge and skills in.

All learners will develop their knowledge and skills in: Health and safety practices in vehicle maintenance and good housekeeping in the automotive environment tools, equipment and materials for vehicle maintenance

Learners have the opportunity develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas, and also the option to achieve Level 2 units, which will support the learner’s progression to an IMI Level 2 Certificate (VRQ) in the appropriate career route.

Examples of some of the unit options available follow:

Introduction to the retail automotive maintenance and repair industry Spark ignition engine systems, components and operation Compression ignition engine systems, components and operation Steering and suspension systems components and maintenance (4 wheels or more) Vehicle braking systems components and maintenance Vehicle wheels and tyres construction and maintenance Vehicle exhausts systems components and maintenance Introduction to low carbon technologies in the automotive industry Vehicle electrical foundation skills Basic vehicle valeting Light vehicle construction Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components Inspection, repair and replacement of high performance light vehicle tyres

Entry Requirements

IMI Level 1 Vehicle Maintenance & repair. Min GCSE Grade C ,or working towards F/S Level 2 English and Maths.

Assessment Method

The assessments for this qualification have a practical focus and combine various assessment styles/methodologies in order to suit the subject and levels of units contained within it this will include on-line exams.

Progression Opportunities

This Certificate is ideal for those learners who wish to undertake a qualification which will support their progress into the retail motor vehicle industry and to a Level 2 Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ). It can also supplement their progress to GCSEs and other appropriate destinations, such as the Institute of the Motor Industry Sector Skills Council (IMI SSC) Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2, or employment.

Study Methods

Workshops at Acton/Southall campus.

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and fully equipped workshops, supported by fully trained motor vehicle engineers.


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