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Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 at Gateshead College

Course description

This study programme, accredited by the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry), will give you the technical skills needed to work in today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including the diagnosis of non-complex system faults.

It provides essential knowledge for those who want to work as service technicians working on light vehicles, (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots.

It's a very practical course and you'll get hands-on experience in the very best state-of the-art workshops working on the latest vehicles.

Course content

Cover four key areas of the motor industry, you'll learn how to diagnose and fix:

  • Auxiliary electrical faults
  • Vehicle engine faults
  • Light vehicle chassis systems
  • Light vehicle transmission and driveline

In addition to this programme you'll also gain a qualification in refrigerant handling and knowledge of electric and hybrid vehicles, which will help you stand out from other candidates in job interviews.

You'll also complete a work experience placement with one of our employer partners to further enhance your skills and knowledge as well as an understanding of health and safety in the workplace.

Entry requirements

  • This course is Level 3 - you will need to have an automotive vocational level 2 qualification.
  • It is also desirable to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C or above - preferably including English and maths.


  • Your practical skills will be assessed throughout the programme by observation and questioning in the salons and theoretical knowlege is tested via online assessments.
  • You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence that will be submitted to the awarding body at the end of the programme.

Future opportunities

Motor vehicle technicians service and repair cars, vans and motorbikes as well as heavy vehicles like coaches and lorries. They work on all areas of vehicle mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust systems to the air-conditioning and security features.

As a technician, your duties would include:

  • Finding and identifying faults
  • Advising customers if repairs are needed and how critical they are
  • Providing time and cost estimates for jobs
  • Carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
  • Road testing the vehicle to check the repair work
  • Fitting and servicing accessories like radios and alarms
  • Carrying out routine servicing and checks.

As vehicles become more sophisticated, you could specialise in repairing the technology used to control vehicle systems.

As an experienced technician, you could carry out MOT tests or convert traditional engines to liquid petroleum gas (LPG). You might also have the opportunity for work such as customising vehicles in line with owners' instructions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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