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Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Adult) - Level 3


This Level 3 Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair course is designed to help you further develop your learning to industry-standards and focuses on the fault diagnostic aspects required of a modern-day Motor Mechanic or Motor Vehicle Technician.    

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
20 Weeks
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the for further study and onto higher education leading to our BEng (Hons) Degree in Automotive Engineering and Technology

If further study is not in your plans, this course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to seek industry-related employment.

Typical pathways from this Level 3 course are:

  • Employment in the industry on a fast-track apprenticeship
  • Progression to the foundation year of our Foundation Degree


Employment Opportunities

Throughout your time on the course you will receive regular career and progression advice from our team of highly qualified tutors who have many years’ experience working as skilled technicians in the industry.

Level 3 job roles:

  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic
  • Motor Vehicle Diagnostic Technician
  • Roadside Recovery Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Fast-Fit Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Workshop Manager

Graduate job roles:

  • Design, research and development careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries including.
  • Manufacturing careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries.

Automotive systems and competence testing careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:

  • You must be aged at least 19 before the course starts in September
  • You must have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 qualification, or have at least 1 years industry experience
  • You must be able to attend one and a half days per/week

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Qualification obtained

Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)

Fees and funding

Read our tuition fees guide.

Extra costs and equipment

You will need to provide your own safety boots and overalls / boiler suit for practical activities. A typical pair of safety boots should cost no more than £12 and a pair of overalls £15. All other protective equipment will be provided by us.

All tools and equipment are provided for practical sessions and access to computers and all software required for the course is available within the College facilities.

You will be expected to provide your own pen, pencil, basic drawing equipment and a note pad.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: IMI

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

While industry placement is not mandatory, we have a comprehensive list of local employers who have provided opportunities for our adult student to gain valuable industry experience.

There are no planned mandatory field trips.

How will I learn?

At Level 2 you will have developed your knowledge of the different vehicle systems and developed skills in identifying, removing and replacing the different components that make up these systems. At Level 3 you will learn how to diagnose and repair faults when they occur with these components.

This course is mainly practical-based and is delivered in the following way (hours shown are weekly):

  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Practical (Workshop – 6 hours)
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Theory (Classroom – 3 hours)
  • Independent Study (2 hours)
  • Diagnose and rectify vehicle transmission system faults

You will be taught by tutors who have a wealth of industry experience and a passion for passing on their skills and experiences. Your tutors will get to know how you learn best and tailor their teaching methods to your needs.

There are opportunities for you to discuss your progress with your Progress Tutor and you will be allocated a team manager to support you through every aspect of your learning and development.

The environment is supportive and includes regular target setting and reviews.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Modules you will cover include:

  • Diagnose and rectify vehicle auxiliary electrical faults
  • Diagnose and rectify vehicle engine faults
  • Diagnose and rectify vehicle braking, suspension and steering system faults
  • Diagnose and rectify vehicle driveline faults

You will be assessed in two different ways:

  • Practical skills assessments in the workshop (50%)
  • Online multiple-choice tests (50%)