Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.


Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.

Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.

Is this course right for me?

Are you looking for a career in the motor vehicle and transport industries? Do you want advanced skills in the maintenance and repair of light vehicles?

This course builds your technical expertise and prepares you for the industry. It allows you to develop advanced skills and gain a Level 3 qualification.

The course is suitable for students progressing from Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 (or an equivalent qualification) or directly from GCSEs.

It is approved by the Sector Skills Council (SSC), ensuring that it meets the quality requirements of the industry.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths
  • A relevant Level 2 qualification at Pass
  • Relevant industry experience

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Realistic working tasks
  • Lectures to develop underpinning knowledge
  • Assignment work
  • Online learning
  • Visits to Industry and Trade Shows
  • Placement in the industry for a two week period


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Internal practical assessment
  • Online assessment
  • Oral questioning
  • Written questions
  • Short learner task sheets for you to complete independently
  • Portfolios for the Workskills and Fabrication and Welding Engineering units


Completion of this course will prepare you for employment in a range of vehicle industry contexts.

Due to technological advancements, companies in manufacturing, retail, distribution, servicing and accident repair are constantly seeking to bring young people into this fast-changing industry. You will have particular skills in light vehicle maintenance, and will be equipped for work as a Vehicle Technician.

You could proceed on to a number of higher education courses within Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

You could also apply for a Modern Apprenticeship, or progress into employment and study for an NVQ 3 on a day-release basis.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhyl

    The IMI Diploma is only available as a progression route to those students who have completed the IMI Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles. The course covers four technical units, to include the four main vehicle areas:

    • Advance Chassis Technology 
    • Advance Engine Technology 
    • Advanced Transmission Technology 
    • Advanced Electrical and Electronic Technology 

    The Centre for Automotive Technology at the Rhyl Campus is equipped to the latest industry standards, including Heavy Goods Vehicle Brake Tester, 4 Wheel Drive Rolling Road Dynamometer, 4-Wheel Alignment, a superb Auto-Electronics Diagnostic Room, USI Spray Booths, Lechler Mixing Scheme, Car-OLiner Body Jig and Alignment System, Welding Bays, Valeting Bay, plus Hybrid Technology and Vehicle Climate Control Systems.