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Advanced Vehicle Diagnostics and Electrical Systems (L7, 10 ECTS)

Status: Register Interest




15 weeks


Mechanical & Automobile Engineering

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



The purpose and aim of this new course is to offer automotive industry personnel, the opportunity to acquire knowledge of new vehicle technology and to enhance fault diagnostic skills.


What are the entry requirements?

Candidates who hold a Senior Trade Certificate and/or National Craft Certificate and/or Advanced Certificate Craft with appropriate endorsements or examination attainments in an Automotive area will be considered for entry.

Holders of a National/Higher Certificate (Level 6) in Engineering or Technology may be considered for admission this programme. Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

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What modules will I study?

1. Electronic control unit (ECU) DATA analysis

2. Supplementary restraint systems (SRS)

3. Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)

4. Electrical system wiring circuits

5. Automotive Communication Networks.

6. Vehicle Brake systems (ABS)

7. Hybrid / BEV vehicle systems

More Information


The course is delivered over 15 weeks, two evenings per week from January 2022.

Tuesday evening 7pm-9pm & Thursday evening 6pm-10pm.

In the event that physical classes are not feasible due to the situation with Covid-19 then all classes may be moved to an online / workplace format.

Classroom Lectures: The module will be delivered using Course notes, classroom with whiteboard, LCD projector, computer with internet connection and speakers. Class discussion and group work will be encouraged.

Workshop Practical Sessions: Workshop practical sessions will be used to allow students to learn through 'hands on' experience. Workshops will be based around group work / Individual work and a Portfolio Assignment. Demonstrations and workshop sessions using workshop equipment, Vehicles and Vehicle training rigs will be used to prove the concepts of study.

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


This module will be assessed through 100% continuous assessment. Students will complete seven written assignments / case study/ report/ short questions/ and one garage practical portfolio.


Certificate in Advanced Vehicle Diagnostics and Electrical Systems, Special Purpose Award (Level 7, 10 ECTS)

Application Deadline

TBC for January 2022

For queries relating to the course content

Contact: James McPhillips



TBC for 2021

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