Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course can last for up to two years and provides an industry recognised qualification for the motor trade.  You will learn theory and practical skills of all aspects of light vehicle engineering and will be able to diagnose and rectify faults in vehicle systems.  On successful completion, you may be able to enter the industry as an apprentice technician.  If you successfully complete the first year you will leave with a Level 5 technical award in maintenance and repair of light vehicles.  The Institute of the Motor Indsustry is recognised nationally by the motor industry for trade level awards.

Entry requirements

You should have two qualifications at SCQF Level 4/5 or equivalent and you will be asked to undertake an aptitude test and discuss your application with a member of college staff.  You can also progress onto this course with a relevant Entry Level 3 Certificate

Entry into year 2 requires a Level 5 qualification in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Year 1

You will start by gaining a basic understanding of vehicle systems, functions and components.  At the end of Year 1, you will be able to diagnose and repair minor vehicle faults.

Year 2

You learn how these vehicle systems interact with each other.  Using modern diagnostic methods, you will leave this course able to identify and rectify more complex vehicle system faults.

Achievement is determined by successfully completing examinations and assessment taken during each year of the course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; practical hands on; online and independent study.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the two year course you will have achieved a Level 6 technical diploma award in maintenance and repair of light vehicles.  Level 6 is the industry recognised trade level qualification.  You may progress on to an HNC in Automotive Engineering offered at other educational institutions.

Many of our students are equipped to start their own business or potentially continue with an employer as a final year apprentice to earn a modern apprenticeship award within employment.

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