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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Advanced Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This Level 3 course is for those wishing to specialise in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair for a career in the motor industry or for those wanting to progress to university level courses afterwards. 

It is designed for school and college leavers who have already achieved grade C or above in BOTH Maths and English and the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. This course also includes a mandatory Level 3 Maths unit and academic writing skills for those wishing to progress to university.

Course content

You will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Tools, Equipment and Materials
  • G3 Skills in Supporting Job Roles
  • Diagnose Engine Systems and Components
  • Diagnose Chassis Systems and Components
  • Diagnose Electrical Systems and Components
  • Diagnose Transmission Systems and Components
  • Inspecting Light Vehicles Using Prescribed Methods
  • A-level equivalent Maths units (for progression to university)
  • A minimum of five days work experience in a motor vehicle environment

Entry requirements

You must have achieved BOTH Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above and the full Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.  You should also have passed the mechanical comprehension entrance test, alongside a successful interview.


Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests and assignments for all units.  Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria.  Level 3 Maths and G3 job roles are assessed by written assignments and online exams.

Future opportunities

Subject to achieving the Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and the Level 3 Maths units, with a successful application you would be eligible to apply for a Foundation Degree/Degree in Motorsport at university. Without the Level 3 Maths unit, your pathway would be restricted to an apprenticeship (if employment is secured).

Even with the Level 3 Maths unit, and with employment as an apprentice, you can progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2016