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

  • For prices please click on the Prospectuses link above and view our part-time guide.

  • For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Sanjay Suri, Commercial Manager - Engineering on 01895 853417 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Bespoke Training: In line with industry demand, we are happy to discuss with you tailor made delivery, to meet your specific needs. This may comprise of distance learning, delivery at a time to suit you, intensive study, and delivery at your premises. To discuss your specific requirements, please contact Sanjay Suri, Commercial Manager - Engineering on 01895 853417 mobile 07939 570325 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This course also has two Thursday sessions (22/5 and 26/6) to allow for the two bank holidays during this period.

Last updated: 12 January 2018

How to Apply

This course requires an informal interview.

To arrange an assessment and interview time please contact Information, Advice & Guidance on 01895 853333.

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