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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme which combines classroom based knowledge with practical tasks and modules suited to the needs of the motor industry thus allowing the student to comprehend vital elements of motor vehicle technology.



“I knew that I wanted to specialise in vehicle maintenance when I left school and Bedford College was the best option for me, not only because it was local but also because it had industry standard motor vehicle resources and equipment.”

“It was a very practical course and we spent a lot of time taking cars apart and working on everything from changing an exhaust to examining an engine.  I found the learning atmosphere much more mature than school.  People didn’t mess about in class because they wanted to be there and they knew they needed to learn the skills to get a good job at the end of the course.”

“The teachers really knew what they were doing.  They’ve all worked in the sector so I could ask them pretty much anything about the car industry and they would know the answer.  I found that this helped me to learn more and it built up my confidence.”

“I’ve already got a full-time job working at a local MOT centre and the skills that I learnt on the course have helped me with everything that I do on a day-to-day basis at work.  I would definitely recommend Bedford College if you want to work with cars – it’s the best place to learn and gain experience.”

Nick - Motor Vehicle Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • Transport Maintenance Level 1 Diploma with Functional with Functional Skills/GCSE at the appropriate level. 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-2 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in vehicles. Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered. 

Course content

During the study programme you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Carrying out routine vehicle maintenance with inclusion of MOT specifications
  • Engines, including lubrication systems, cooling systems and engine management systems
  • Electrics, including charging, starting and regulatory systems
  • Chassis units including ABS, ESP, advanced suspension and steering systems
  • Transmission including clutches, manual and automatic gearboxes, final drive units and differentials
  • Basic Engineering which complies with industry needs and standards
  • Subject units:
    • Contributing to workplace good housekeeping
    • Health and safety
    • Positive working relationships
    • Removing and replacing light vehicle engine units and components
    • Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
    • Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
    • Removing and replacing light vehicle transmission units and components  
    • Conducting pre and post-work vehicle inspections
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will also be given the opportunity to go on industry related trips. 

Assessment methods

Theory: Every unit is assessed via a coursework based phase test and an online multiple choice assessment.

Practical: Every unit is assessed by observations combined with questions and task sheets.


IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

Students can progress on to a Level 3 study programme. This Level 2 qualification also prepares technicians for ATA Assessment at Service Maintenance Technician level.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of approximately £24 for required clothing/uniform, and £10 for any trips/visits. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Vehicle Technology Centre D596

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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