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Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma level 3 – C5879

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Course Overview

This course runs from September to June, full-time in Light Vehicle Diagnostic and fault rectification, for 16 hours a week. This course is for those who are looking for a challenge in a practical working environment, working on all types of cars. It is taught weekdays at our Abbey Park campus and will cover all Light Vehicle Technologies at an advanced level including in-depth practical experience in diagnostic and rectification. Students will have practical assessments based on observations of practical activities in the workshop, written assessments based on completion of theory written assessments in the classroom and online exams. Learning is set at an advanced level and students will be expected to carry out practical tasks to industry standards and be able to diagnose complex faults as required by the course. On completion of the course you will earn an IMI full Diploma at level 3.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled in a study programme, which will include tutorials and Leap. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement of a minimum of 1 day per week for 40 weeks and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The level 3 Diploma is a vocational subject-based learning programme covering all elements both the theory and practical aspects of the following: Light Vehicle diagnostic and rectification principles of engines, tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission and electrical systems. Personal and Social Development and Employment Skills are compulsory elements of the course. With all students required to find and carry out suitable work experience over the course of the year in order to pass the program. The program has been designed to improve your understanding of these different light vehicle systems and to further develop knowledge and skills in advance diagnostic and rectification procedures on all major systems and the compulsory health and safety, tools and equipment and job roles in the automotive industry. The course will have a practical focus with the emphasis on gaining the skills and understanding of tasks on light vehicles. The aim is to give you confidence in procedures to an advanced level and full understanding of the related theory, so you will be given opportunities to practice skills and techniques learnt in our fully equipped light vehicle workshop. There is online learning via the colleges Moodle site, where lectures, handouts, course schedules and other student resources can be found and utilised by all students.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above is required or both Functional Skills English and maths at level 2. For students that are 19+ a level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle maintenance is essential, along with 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 of carrying out diagnostic and rectification procedures on light vehicles and so is delivered and assessed practically in the most part with an element of written assessments to ensure systems theory is understood, coupled with online exams, to ensure industry standards are met. 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 written assessments. On completion of the course, you will earn a full IMI level 3 Diploma. You will be assessed through the use of practical, theory and online assessments that will be witnessed and signed off by our specialists. You will complete a portfolio of evidence covering workshop tasks and related online exams and phase tests for each topic you study.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £5421.00

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 overall. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

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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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

This course is for students considering a career in the automotive industry. The qualification offers our student’s progression opportunities to study at level 4 Diploma in Automotive Engineering dependent on held qualifications. You will need to demonstrate good attendance of at least 90% and gain a good reference from your Programme Lead in order to progress to the next level. Alternatively, students are encouraged to apply for a Motor Vehicle Technician Position in the industry following the successful completion of this course.

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 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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