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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Would you like to develop the skills you’ll need to work on modern, 21st century automotive vehicles and enjoy an exciting, challenging and successful career in this industry? If you said yes, then this Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles is the ideal course to continue your journey. Building on the knowledge and understanding you’ve learnt on a previous Level 2 course, this diploma will help you advance your abilities even further and focus your skills on more specialist areas. Working both in the classroom and through practical workshop sessions, you’ll explore a range of engine management systems and component faults, dissect electrical auxiliary equipment and component faults, and learn how to repair issues with a chassis. You’ll also further your experience and awareness of health and safety in the workshop and around the office, and develop a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities in each department of a dealership or garage. This will help you apply for a number of different positions in the future and engage effectively with prospective employers.

Entry requirements

If you’d like to apply for this Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Level 3 Diploma, you’ll need to have a relevant Level 2 qualification in the automotive area, along with GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above (grade 4) or Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


This Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a variety of practical, written and oral assignments, designed to measure your knowledge and skill. You’ll be observed by an assessor and answer questions orally, as well as completing online tests set by the IMI.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this Light Vehicle Maintenance Level 3 course, you’ll have strong knowledge and understanding of the automotive sector, giving you a good advantage for your future career. You might wish to apply for apprenticeships in the industry, or continue onto further, higher level qualifications. Or you might use this qualification to pursue a career in the automotive sector right away, with a position as an engineer, a vehicle technician or fitter, a breakdown specialist or one of a number of other options.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • Openshaw Campus is a welcoming centre, offering courses for school leavers, adults, university-level students and professionals. Many of the facilities at Openshaw are open to the community, including a library, salon, restaurant and fitness centre. Openshaw is a vibrant, modern campus, designed to be a supportive learning and social environment.

      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.