Transport Maintenance @ SCQF Level 4 (IMI)


This course is an excellent stepping stone into the motor vehicle industry.

This qualification is designed as a pre-apprentice course which covers most of the basic technical elements required for new entrants to the motor vehicle repair industry. 

The course provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all garage types.


This course is a mix of hands on practical activities and theory allowing candidates to gain technical knowledge and valuable skills required for employment in the motor vehicle industry.

Course code





Attendance: Full Time up to 3 days per week.

Entry Requirements

You should be able to study at Intermediate 1 level or above, or have completed the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Award for the Introduction to Vehicle Technology.

Entry may still be possible for mature candidates depending on prior experience and knowledge. 

You must attend an information and interview session prior to the course commencing to secure a place on the course. 

If you are currently studying at the college, you will also require a positive progressing learner reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

The course is structured around a selection of both knowledge and skill based practical motor vehicle engineering units together with a core skills programme, which is valued by employers involving communications, numeracy and information technology. 

The course involves the study of light vehicle construction and routine maintenance, operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, transmission systems and electrical and electronic systems within structured practical workshop lessons and classroom theory.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the 36 weeks course duration and include completion of practical tasks as well as portfolio work and one online multiple choice assessment.


The course provides opportunities for progression onto apprenticeships or a further one year course at college studying on an SCQF level 5 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or on to an apprenticeship with an employer.

Career Prospects

Employment as a Modern Apprentice in the motor vehicle industry.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary/EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the student funding team for details.

Selling Points

This very popular course works well as an introduction to the motor industry, as a continuation of the college schools motor vehicle programme or as a route to a Modern Apprenticeship.