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Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

Whether you’re just leaving school and want to join the automotive industry, are already employed and want to enhance your skills with a relevant qualification, or would just like to develop your working knowledge of car electrics, this Level 2 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles could be the perfect course for you. Throughout the duration of the course, you’ll cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of a range of topics, including diagnosing & repairing electrical units, and locating & correcting simple electrical faults. You’ll learn how to enhance vehicle electrical system features, and how to conduct pre & post work inspections. You will even get the chance to develop your skills in removing & fitting basic mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components. This qualification forms the knowledge component of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Sector Skills Council’s Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Installation Apprenticeship framework. It’s based upon industry specific National Occupational Standards, and will give you a good knowledge, practical experience, and a recognised qualification to advance onto further training.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you should have a relevant Level 1 qualification or at least three GCSEs at grade D or above (grade 3 or higher), including Maths and English at grade C (grade 4/5). We’ll assess your current qualifications, experience and interest in working in the automotive industry, to ensure you’re suitable for this Level 2 Diploma. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


During the course, your assessment will be made up of both online tests (including multiple choice questions and written assignments) and practical, hands-on tasks in the workshop, set by IMI.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After you’ve completed this Level 2 Diploma, you’ll be well equipped with a wide knowledge of vehicle electrical principles and the ability to show your expertise to current or perspective employers for a career in the automotive industry. It’s the ideal step to the Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ) and can be used as credit towards it.If you want to advance your knowledge and abilities further, you could also progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles with us here at The Manchester College.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Openshaw Campus is a welcoming centre, offering courses for school leavers, adults, university-level students and professionals. Many of the facilities at Openshaw are open to the community, including a library, salon, restaurant and fitness centre. Openshaw is a vibrant, modern campus, designed to be a supportive learning and social environment.

      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.