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Introduction to Motor Vehicle Studies Diploma Entry level 3 – C4861

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Course Overview

This course forms part of a study programme and is designed for 16 – 18 year olds.

This course gives you the fantastic opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to work in the motor vehicle industry. With hands-on practical learning, you’ll cover the basics of how a vehicle operates, including overviews of all main systems and practical experience in maintaining them, including bodywork and paint systems. You will be taught on both cars and motorcycles.

Whilst working towards your Diploma you’ll also gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this one year course, you’ll complete a number of different skills assessed both practically and by formal written assessments.

The Diploma covers all elements of basic vehicle components and systems across a broad range of automotive applications including motor vehicle maintenance. The programme has been designed to improve your understanding of these different vehicle systems and introduce to vehicle maintenance procedures on all major systems, including topics such as engine operating principles, braking, suspension, steering and tyre systems, transmission systems, fuel and exhaust systems, charging and electrics systems. The course will have a practical focus with the emphasis on gaining the skills and understanding of tasks on motor vehicles. The aim is to give you confidence in carrying out basic procedures and so you will be given opportunities to practice skills and techniques learnt in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshops.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work.
GCSE maths and English at grade 1 or above are required, plus 2 further GCSEs at grade 1 or above. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a general interest in the automotive industry and a positive attitude towards learning in the automotive industry.

How you will be assessed

The course is designed to give you hands-on practical experience to carry out maintenance and repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the most part with an element of written assessments to ensure systems theory is understood. Your tutor will provide explanations, demonstrations and guide you through practical activities. Practical assessments are based on observations of practical activities; written assessments are based on completion of worksheets. On completion of the course, you will earn a full Entry Level 3 Diploma. You will be assessed through the use of practical and theory assessments processes that will be witnessed and signed off by our specialists.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £30 and £40.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

On successful completion of this course you may want to progress to study at level 1 across a broad range of disciplines, including maintenance and repair, body repair and paint refinishing.
This course can also be used for students considering a career in the automotive industry, but wanting to get an insight before making a final decision about applying for motor vehicle at a higher level qualification. Subject meeting individual course entry requirements.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event / interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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