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Vehicle Technology Entry 3 Introduction at Highbury College

Course description

This introductory qualification is mainly for students who enjoy practical work and wish to develop experience in a variety of motor industry sectors.

The qualification provides a hands-on learning experience and the chance to progress to higher level Awards, Certificates and Diplomas, as well as Apprenticeships and employment.

The qualification can be taken alongside GCSEs.

Course content

The programme consists of 18 units including:

  • Motor Vehicle Workshop Safety
  • Retail Automotive Maintenance and Repair Industry
  • Workshop Tools and Equipment
  • Engine Components and Operation
  • Light Vehicle Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Component Fitting
  • Routine Cooling and Lubrication System Checks
  • Routine Braking System Checks
  • Routine Wheel and Tyre Checks
  • Routine Vehicle Checks
  • Basic Valeting
  • Light Vehicle Construction
  • Introduction To Vehicle Transmission Systems
  • Battery and Lighting Systems
  • Vehicle Ignition Systems
  • SI and CI Fuel Systems
  • Vehicle InspectionPreparation For Work.

As part of your programme you will also complete Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT at the correct level for your programme.

You may also complete the wider key skills: Working With Others and Improving Own Learning & Performance.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have achieved Grade D-F in English, Maths and Science.
  • However, a GNVQ Intermediate in Engineering would provide suitable prior learning.
  • You will be interviewed and assessed before you are invited to join the programme.


To successfully achieve you must complete all units in the qualification, including all assessments (practical and theory) to a satisfactory level. Maximum attendance is required.

Types of assessment methods: open-ended and long answer questions; reports; reviews and case studies; practical assignments (assessed for process, as well as product); 'end of unit' multiple-choice question papers; observation.

Learning will take place in both a classroom and workshop environment where additional assessments will be set throughout the duration of the programme.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the IMIAL Entry programme, you could progress to an IMIAL Level 1 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair in which you will learn about routine maintenance and non-complex fault diagnosis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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