Course: Automotive (Motor Vehicle)

Study Level

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


Great Yarmouth Campus

Lowestoft Campus


2-3 Years



This two to three year programme will give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to work in the automotive industry.

In year one (Level 1) you will study an introduction to the motor vehicle industry, where we lay the foundation on which you can build a career in various aspects of the trade. You will gain vital life skills for employability and transferable skills which you can take forward into many areas of engineering.

In year two (Level 2) you will build upon the skills and knowledge developed in your first year, leading to the completion of an industry recognised Level 2 IMI qualification. Students who join directly at year 2 will also be supported to progress onto Level 3 or straight into employment.

In year 3 (Level 3) you will focus on the diagnostic skills required in the automotive industry. You will gain skills and knowledge of complex systems and diagnostic processes, and on completion you will gain a Level 3 IMI qualification, which is a prerequisite to gain the MOT tester qualification.

You will study theory in a classroom, with modern rigs and resources, while practical lessons will be in our fully-equipped workshops, with a full MOT test lane and modern diagnostic equipment at our Lowestoft campus.

You will have access to the online learning platform LJ Create, where you will develop your understanding to become a skilled technician. You will be supported by our lecturers who still work within the industry and can provide you with the latest information regarding your future career.

Why study with us:

  • You will gain hands-on experience working on vehicles in our fully equipped workshops.
  • You will be taught by industry experts who are still working within the industry and have the most up-to-date knowledge.
  • You will have access to our hybrid and electric vehicles to provide you with the most up-to-date skills and training employers will be looking for


You will need to achieve a minimum grade of 3 in English and maths to complete year one and a grade 4 in English and maths for year two. Entry to year 3 is directly by completion of year two.

These entry grades are set as a guide, however we encourage students who are interested in this course and unsure of the grades they will achieve to submit an application and come along for a discussion with the course lecturer to assess your suitability.


There will be a variety of assessments throughout the course, the majority of these will be practical and there will be online assignments and online exams. All IMI work will be completed on the IMI online ePortfolio system.


Automotive can lead you to study a HNC/D or BEng(Hons) Engineering course with the University of Suffolk at East Coast College or other universities. Some of our previous students have studied motorsport engineering degrees.

You can also progress into an apprenticeship or employment in careers such as a main dealer technician, MOT tester, mechanical engineer, motorsport engineer, automotive specialist, service advisor or offshore technician.

A number of our former students are now working at both independent garages and main dealerships including Robinsons Audi, Lings Honda, Mitchells Renault, John Grose Ford and Kia, Simpsons Skoda and more.