IMIAL Level 5 Diploma in Automotive Management

The purpose and aim of this IMI Awards’ Automotive Management qualification (Vocationally Related Qualification) is to offer individuals working in the automotive industry the opportunity to develop, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge of management.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10227

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newtownards

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

Modules studied:

  • Leadership in the retail automotive industry.
  • Business planning in the retail automotive industry.
  • Customer service and quality in automotive retail operations.
  • Business finance in the retail automotive industry.
  • Managing automotive business compliance.
  • Recruitment, selection and reward in automotive operations.
  • Information computer technology for automotive operations.
  • Managing automotive service and workshop organisation.

Contact Hours

Directed Study:

4 hours contact time per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study:

A further 4 hours per week, on average, studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of 48 UCAS points including:

  • Two A Levels at A2 in a related curriculum area OR 
  • Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 

Access Diploma:

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 50%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)



  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the Admissions Section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?

This programme has been designed to cater for technicians who intend to be involved in the supervision and management of a motor vehicle garage, fleet transport or plant workshop.

Successful completion can lead to a Degree in Business Management.  

It is also suitable if you are currently employed as a workshop foreman, service manager or fleet engineer/manager.

How will it make me more employable?

As well as gaining a recognised qualification, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in relation to giving presentations, report writing and carrying out research.


Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

*Please note that this is a two year Programme and tuition fees are applicable in Year 1 and Year 2*

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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