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Entry Requirements

A good level of English is required.

Who is the course for

An introduction into auto electrics and electric fault diagnosis. This course would improve your chances of entering or progressing as a motor mechanic or auto electrician. It is also ideal for a hobbyist or someone wishing to carry out their own repairs. This course is endorsed by IMI Awards Ltd. part of the Sector Skills Council for the motor industry.

Course Content

You will follow a course of study on the following:-

  • Health and Safety/ Tools for the job, Build a Port-Folio, (H&S Phase test, WS tour)
  • 12Volt lead acid battery-Gel batteries (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Starting circuit. Inertia, Pre-Engaged, Gear reduction, (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Charging Circuit. Alternators, Dynamos, Smart charge, (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Ignition Systems. Mechanical, Electronic, ECU controlled, (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Auto Electrical test equipment, soldering. (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Cables, connections and installing accessories, Ohm’s Law, (Phase test,WS-Practical)
  • Security-Tracker, Immobiliser, Alarm systems. Fault finding-Open/Short circuit (Demo)
  • Modern Vehicles wiring with Multiplex/CANbus. (Online exam, covering up to date)
  • Vehicle Diagnostics. History of OBD and related acronyms (Sign off Port-Folio)

Study Methods

Various handouts and diagrams are handed out during the course.

Practical work will be undertaken throughout the course, in fully equipped workshops, to support theory lessons delivered in the classroom. We have three modern vehicle workshops in the Faculty of Technology which features vehicle lifts, electronic test equipment, a new dyno-meter facility and a variety of Modern cars.

Lesson objectives are discussed for approx. 1 hour 15mins weekly. During this time, students are encouraged to write notes. Handouts will also be made available to encourage differentiation.

Scenarios or faults are set up in the workshop for practical work and further discussions.

Handouts are given out regularly, especially with longer texts such as Multiplex wiring. This is designed to aid in-class discussion.

An intermediary set of phase tests are given to cover the first seven weeks of the course. This will assess learners' varied abilities and progress within the course, and will identify any students who may require differentiated support.

How is the course assessed

The course is IMI Endorsed, QAA Certificated.

Interim tests are given to students throughout the course and a final exam to be taken by students at the end of the course.

Where next - Further Studies

Candidates may wish to consider the IMI Level 2 Diploma in Auto & Mobile Electrical Principles or Engine Fault Diagnostics. This would provide the skills required to carry out a majority of auto electrical work.

Where next - Job Opportunities

This course would improve your chances of entering or progressing within the motor Industry as a motor mechanic or auto-electrician. Also would be ideal for a hobbyist or someone wishing to carry out their own repairs.

More Information

  • Please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is compulsory in the workshop and may be purchased from Amazon, B&Q or locally at All Weather Corner, Hayes, Tel: 020 8573 0300.

Please note the overalls should be navy colour and are described as workshop or warehouse coats at many outlets, Safety boots are also required.

How to Apply

You can enrol and pay online for this course. Please click the orange Enrol Now button below.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Tue 04 October 2016

Starts: 04/10/2016

Duration: 10 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Tuesday 18:00 to 21:00

Total College Fee: £395.00

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Tue 17 January 2017

Starts: 17/01/2017

Duration: 10 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Wednesday 18:00 to 21:00

Total College Fee: £395.00

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