If you’re interested in career in vehicle maintenance and repair, this apprenticeship is for you.
The Institute of the Motor Industry uses a range of employer engagement mechanisms to make sure this apprenticeship meets the needs of employers of all sizes, and to identify the demand for new pathways and levels. The likes of Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Renault Truck are all involved in the IMI’s employer engagement, meaning that you’ll be taught the right skills you need for a successful career in the motor vehicle industry.

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This one-year, Level 2 course is carried out at our off site, fully-operational motor vehicle unit, covering both practical and theory. This course is the standardised course for assessment in diagnostics and repair and involves a technical certificate which can also support an apprenticeship. You will learn advanced skills in vehicle technology, which may lead to a career in the motor vehicle industry, or onto university to study more advanced mechanics.

What will I learn?

All learners have to take generic mandatory units, which include developing knowledge and skills in:

  • Health, safety and good housekeeping in the automotive environment
  • Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices used in the automotive environment
  • Support for job roles in the automotive work environment

You’ll also have to choose specialist mandatory units, in order to develop your knowledge and skills in:

  • Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
  • Light vehicle fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • Light vehicle engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Light vehicle transmission and driveline units and components
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle engine units and components

You’ll also get to choose optional units, covering the following areas:

  • How to identify and agree motor vehicle customer service needs
  • Inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Overhauling light vehicle engine units
  • Overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Knowledge of overhauling light vehicle transmission units
  • Overhauling light vehicle steering and suspension units
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle driveline units and components
  • Removing and fitting basic light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim


You’ll need to achieve a minimum of 29 credits from the mandatory generic units, 64 credits from the mandatory specialist units and 5 credits from 1 optional unit group.

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 3/D or equivalent or the ability to achieve a Level 2 functional skill.

You must achieve Level 1 English and maths prior to taking the final assessment.

  • Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis

Career and progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can go on to further training, including the Level 3 apprenticeship. Alternatively, you’ll be able to go straight into employment as a vehicle mechanic.

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