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Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge and understanding of vehicle electrics, and would like to advance your career in the automotive industry, then this Level 3 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles could be the perfect course for you. You’ll complete a number of different units over the duration of the course, to develop your knowledge and understanding of the roles required of you in the industry, and to give you hands-on practical experience diagnosing a range of complex electrical malfunctions and carrying out successful repairs. You’ll learn how to identify engine electrical faults, how to rectify transmission and chassis electrical faults, and what to do with auxiliary equipment electrical faults. The course forms the knowledge component (technical certificate) of the IMI SSC Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Installation Advanced Apprenticeship framework, and covers National Occupational Standards for the industry. You’ll be awarded a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) from the Institute of the Motor Industry, which can then be used as credit towards the corresponding VCQ.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol on this Level 3 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles, you’ll need to have a relevant Level 2 qualification in the automotive sector.


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

When you’ve completed this Level 3 Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles you’ll have the knowledge and understanding to look for work as a qualified vehicle electrical technician or other related careers in the automotive industry, with many of our students taking up rewarding positions as diagnostic technicians. This Level 3 qualification is equivalent to an A Level, so you will also have the chance to advance further onto higher education, applying for courses like an HNC and HND in Engineering and Automotive Engineering.

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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