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Light Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ)

Light Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ)- IMI Level 2 & 3 Certificate

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IMI Level 2& 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ) 



 Course Leader: Mr Andy Bulpin


What is Automotive Engineering?

This level 2 course is designed to give candidate a detailed insight into the automotive repair industry and its associated systems and technologies. The skills and knowledge gained from the course will equip candidates with comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of vehicles and repair methods used in the industry today.


Alongside these technical units there are also supporting units such as; basic engineering, health and safety and job roles, these will give students a well-rounded view of the industry and its future.

The units undertaken comprise of theory and practical tasks that will be internally assessed and end of unit online tests that will be externally assessed via our awarding body.


Why study this course?

If you are interested in engineering, cars in particular and would like to learn new skills in the mechanical and electronic workings, then the various units will give a broad depth of knowledge for this, especially if you would like to work in the engineering/Motor industry in the future.


What will I learn on an Automotive L2 course?

The course is comprised of two main categories; Theory based and practical based.

The course has multiple units which cover a breadth of systems such as:


  • Automotive Job roles
  • Engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components 
  • Fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • Vehicle inspection Project
  • Removal and replacement of chassis units and components
  • Removal and replacement electrical units and components
  • Removal and replacement transmissions, driveline units and components


How will I be assessed?

Students studying automotive courses will be assessed in 3 main ways:


  • Written assessments to gauge their knowledge of the technical theory elements
  • Online tests to check technical knowledge
  • Observation of practical assessments in our workshops


We use, as with all our courses, an e-Portfolio system. This system is for each student to produce and store their work and is purely web-based. This can then be accessed securely from any internet capable computer or tablet.


Who would the course be suitable for?

Anyone who has an interest in engineering, Vehicles and wants to learn more about the various elements and systems that comprise a modern vehicle.


What are the Entry Requirements?

Students need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-3 including both English and maths. It is desirable but not essential that students studying this course gain at least a grade 4 in maths.


 What can I do with a Level 2 automotive qualification?

As it is a 1 year course it is best suited to lead into the Level 3 course that we also run in Year 13. Other options are to lead into a Light vehicle apprenticeship course or possibly straight into the workplace.  


 Is there anything else I need to know?

As well as the college based learning there is also a work experience element to the Sixth form automotive courses.

This will require each student to complete a work experience placement at a local automotive workshop/dealership and be involved in meaningful repair and diagnostic tasks alongside the companies’ employees. This will then be recorded and used as evidence alongside the coursework produced in college.


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Who can I contact for further information?



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