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Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

Designed for anyone with a keen interest in vehicle maintenance, this Level 2 Certificate is ideal either if you’re between 16-19 and have just left school, or are over 19 and want to develop your knowledge and skills of the automotive industry to pursue a lifelong career. 
Specialising in Light Vehicle Maintenance, you’ll cover a range of areas in this practical and engaging qualification, as you develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need for employment in this sector. Combining both classroom work and practical workshop sessions, you’ll learn how to carry out routine vehicle maintenance, removing and replacing engine components, examining electrical auxiliary units and looking closely at chassis and driveline units and components.
As part of the course, you’ll gain knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace, building the skills associated with working in a garage and developing your awareness of job roles and department responsibilities in a medium to large size dealership. You’ll finish the course with the Level 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance, directly relevant to the automotive sector and awarded by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be over 16 years old, and either have a previous Level 1 qualification or three GCSEs at grade D or above (including both Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or 5). You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience, although some Level 3 knowledge is desirable.
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This Level 2 Certificate is assessed through a variety of practical, written and oral assignments, designed to measure your knowledge and skill. You’ll be observed by an assessor and answer questions orally, as well as completing online tests set by the 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 completing this Level 2 Certificate, you’ll find there are a number of options to further your knowledge and expertise, both on an IMI pathway and in other related automotive and engineering subjects.
You could continue onto a Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance, or you might want to use your skills to secure employment and start one of a number of career opportunities in the automotive industry.

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: 05 December 2018
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