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Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Level 3


On this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to work at a technician's level in the motor vehicle industry. You will study complex engines, chassis, transmissions and frames, and health and safety within the workplace.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and maths with at least 4 points (grade C) or equivalent
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20181 yr(s)1342A1011FREEFREE* to £3060.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete a portfolio of evidence covering workshop tasks and related online exams and phase tests for each topic you study as well as four 1,200 word assignments. You will also be expected to have completed maths and English at grade C or above or Functional Skills Level 2. Those students who are 16-18 and have completed Functional Skills Level 2 will be expected to continue to work towards GCSE grade C or above in both English and maths.

What does the course lead to?

Employment as a fully-skilled technician in the automotive industry.

What will I study?

Modules include:

  • Health and safety
  • Workshop practice
  • Advanced diagnostics on systems including vehicle electrics/electronics
  • Engine management and transmissions
  • Petrol and diesel
  • Engines ignition systems.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • Work-based study such as an NVQ or Higher Apprenticeship (in a related area)
  • University-level courses in a related subject

How do I apply?

Apply online


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