SCQF Level 4

Course Overview

This full-time multi-skilled programme from IMI Awarding is designed to give learners a taste of the body repair sector, the paint repair sector, and the mechanical maintenance and repair sector. It supports the development of essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for further study in either of the three specialist subject areas.

The 36-week academic year is split into three parts; each 12-week interval will deliver knowledge and workshop skills relating to the specific trade. Assessment and achievement will be conducted throughout all the subject areas. You will study a variety of subjects including vehicle damage assessment, panel removal, and refitting, applying fillers, MAG welding, body surface preparation, applying primers, application of a topcoat, light vehicle braking system operations, air & liquid cooling system operation and lighting system maintenance.

The course is taught at the Edinburgh College Sighthill campus in our body, paint and mechanical workshops. You will carry out repair and maintenance tasks on a range of vehicles to best simulate a real working environment. The workshops have all the necessary resources for you to learn some of the key skills required in the motor industry. This will enable you to make an informed choice for progression and further study into one of the three trade-specific areas.


Placement Information





Entry Requirements
  • National 3 or 4 in Mathematics or English is desirable
  • A keen interest in automotive engineering and a desire to learn about the repair trades is essential
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
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 with submissions to the IMI  
  • One IMI set online test 





Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • A brief interview with one of the course lecturers may be requested
Progression And Articulation Routes

On successful completion of this programme, applicants can apply for:

  • IMI Level 1 Certificate in Transport Maintenance
  • IMI Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles (SCQF 5)
  • IMI Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles (SCQF 5)
  • The skills and knowledge gained on the programme may also interest application to National 4 or 5 Engineering Skills.





Career Opportunities
  • Apply for apprentice positions and transfer onto our modern apprentice programme
  • Employment in the automotive industry
  • Progression to a higher level courses
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Edinburgh College Automotive student Tony Mailer wins Gold at World Skills UK.

Tony Mailer was awarded gold medal for his outstanding performance in a series of skills challenges at World Skills UK Live.

Tony beat off stiff competition from five other students to win the gold medal in the automotive technology category after completing six different challenges.


Tony said: "The competition was brilliant; one of the highlights was getting to work on a Ferrari, just because of what it is." –

"I’d encourage any future students thinking of competing, to go for it – definitely. I’ve gained so much extra knowledge through working with high-tech equipment and tools which is always good."



World Skills Live UK is a festival of skills competitions which sees medals awarded in 70 different categories in total. More than 500 top apprentices and students from 115 colleges and training providers across the UK competed at the event.


Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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