Free course, excluding materials

This one-year course is carried out at our fully-operational motor vehicle unit, covering both practical and theory. You will learn skills in engine, transmission, electrical and chassis technologies, all while working on cars in an environment very similar to the motor vehicle industry. Our motor vehicle unit also has classroom facilities so that you can learn theory and apply it practically.

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Course content

This is a Level 2 qualification and is the standardised course for assessment in service and repair. It is broken down into five technical sections including the four main vehicle areas designated by the National Occupational Standards developed by IMI which include:

* Chassis technology

* Engine technology

* Transmission technology

* Electrical and electronic technology

* General aspects – including health and safety, legal awareness and organisational requirements

This course provides an ideal step for those who wish to work a garage or vehicle workshop, and provides a good grounding before starting an apprenticeship or progressing onto a Level 3 course. The course takes place at a local industrial estate where Totton College runs its industry standard workshop and classrooms with IT, presentation and classroom facilities.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment of this course is made up of two components: IMI Awards set practical tasks and IMI Awards set online testing.


Entry requirements: 

GCSE English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above, plus two others at a grade 4 (C) or above; or a Level 1 Diploma in Transport Maintenance.

What can I do next?

Just over half of our students continue to study the Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course, while others progress onto an apprenticeship or gain employment.

Work experience:

All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.

What our students say

“I’ve always wanted to be a mechanic; I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything else. I started at Totton College on a Level 1 course and went on to do the other levels before the college helped sort out an apprenticeship at a local garage.”

Daniel Whitington

Motor mechanic, Cadnam Garage

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Mary Howard

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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