Introduction to Motor Vehicle Studies Diploma Entry level 3 – C4861

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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for cars or motorcycles? Are you Interested in working in the automotive industry? If so, this could be the ideal course for you Our ABC Entry level 3 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Studies is designed to give learners a basic introduction to a range of different vehicles systems and components.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This 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 take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.
If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course is comprised of 14 core units – Automotive Health Safety, Workshop Tools Equipment, Engine Components Operations, Check and Maintain Fluids, Check and Maintain External Lights, Check and Maintain Tyre Pressure Tread, Remove and Replace Road Wheels, Motorcycle Construction, Routine Motorcycle Checks, Routine Braking System Checks, Routine Vehicle Checks, Exterior Interior Valeting, Remove and Replace Spark Plugs, and Introduction to Vehicle Exhaust Systems.

In our modern, well-equipped workshops you will learn how to safely carry out repair and maintenance on a range of different cars and motorcycles. In classroom/online-based theory sessions you will learn basic theoretical principles to enrich the practical skills gained in the workshop. Throughout the course you will also undertake a Personal Social Development (PSD) programme which aims to equip you with range of transferable skills, including how to keep yourself safe, contribute to society and your local community, and communication teamwork skills.

Entry Requirements

Direct entry to this course requires a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 1 (these must include English Maths). It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum attendance record of 90% at your previous place of study or work. It is also 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

Throughout the course you will be evaluated by set practical (workshop-based) assessments and online knowledge assessments set by the awarding body.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which should include safety boots and navy-blue overalls. You may obtain these from wherever you wish but further guidance will be given to you during the enrolment process. You will also be required to obtain some basic stationary. Again, further guidance will be given to you during the enrolment process.

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.

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Course and Career progression

Upon successful completion of the course, your progression options may include our level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Studies or our level 1 Diploma in Accident Repair. Throughout your time on the course, you will also be able to meet with our awarding winning Careers Team who will provide guidance and expertise to help you decide about your next steps.

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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