SCQF Level 5

Course Overview
This full-time course is designed for you to develop the skills and knowledge that you have gained during the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair (Multi-Skilled). During this course you will study technical subjects in vehicle body alignment, repair and construction principles to a higher level.  
The main areas you will study include health & safety, tools & measuring devices, permanent & non-permanent body panels, metal active gas (MAG) welding techniques, spot welding operations, vehicle construction and materials and metal inert gas (MIG) brazing operations. 

This is a full-time course taught between Edinburgh College’s automotive workshops and classroom areas over one-year. Workshop learning will allow you to work on live vehicles to best simulate a realistic working environment. The workshops have all the necessary resources for you to fully engage in the motor vehicle industry. 

During this course you will enhance your core skills which can be applied to everyday life and future employment in areas such as communication, numeracy, ICT, problem-solving and working with others. You will be assessed on your knowledge and skills. Upon completion of these assignments, you will submit them into your ePortfolio.  

The course will ensure you are well prepared for employment in the automotive industry. This qualification is part of the knowledge component (technical certificate) of the IMI Modern Apprenticeship (MA) Framework. This means upon completion of this course you can apply for a Modern Apprentice. 
Applicants with prior technical knowledge or experience in the industry may also be considered for direct entry into the course.
What You Will Learn
  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment 
  • Support for Job Roles in the Automotive Work Environment 
  • Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices used in the Automotive Environment 
  • Non-Permanently Fixed Motor Vehicle Body Panels 
  • Exterior Motor Vehicle Body Panels Including Permanently Fixed Components 
  • Minor Motor Vehicle Exterior Body Panel Repairs 
  • Motor Vehicle Body Metal Active Gas (MAG) Welding Techniques 
  • Motor Vehicle Body Resistance Spot Welding Operations 
  • Motor Vehicle Construction and Materials 
  • Motor Vehicle Body Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Brazing Operations 
Entry Requirements
IMI level 1 Diploma (or equivalent) in Vehicle Accident Repair 


National 4 in Mathematics, English and a Science or Technical subject 


Extensive knowledge and experience in the industry 
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed

The assessment is made up of two components which are set by the awarding body: 

  • The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) set practical tasks 
  • IMI set online testing 
  • Submission of your ePortfolio

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • IMI Level 1, 2 or 3 Award in Electric and Vehicle Routine Maintenance 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
Apply to the Modern Apprentice Scheme 
Number Of Days Per Week
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Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Hungarian-born 25-year-old Tibor moved to Edinburgh in 2011 to pursue his dream of working in the automotive industry. After studying a panel beating course at college in Hungary, Tibor later came to Edinburgh College to study. 

Despite having limited English when he started his course, he achieved his Level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma and was voted Automotive Student of the Year at the college’s 2017 prize-giving awards. Tibor also won an award for Outstanding Student at the Institute of the Motor Industry’s annual Outstanding Achievers Awards 2017. 

Studying at college helped Tibor to gain employment at Stagecoach Bus where he works as a mechanic. He also recently achieved his IMI Level 3 in Heavy Vehicle Repair and Maintenance through his work. 

Read more of our student stories here.
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