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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles Level 3 Diploma at West Lancashire College

Course description

This is an exciting course which helps provide students with a firm foundation of practical skills alongside the relevant technical knowledge of motor vehicles to enable them to progress in the industry. Learners benefit from learning in our industry standard workshops complete with up to date vehicles including Hybrid vehicles and the latest Snap On tools diagnostic equipment.

This course is suitable for people who already hold a qualification in Motor Vehicle repair.

Successful students tend to have:

> An excellent working knowledge of motor vehicles and possible faults 
> Good communication skills 
> An interest in up to date vehicle technology 
> Willingness to learn on the job and pay attention to their manager 
> To be interested in cars, heavy vehicles or motorcycles, and electronic equipment
> Working safely and effectively
> Foundation skills
> Vehicle construction and routine maintenance
> Operating principles of tyres, brakes, steering & suspension systems
> Operating principles of engines
> Operating principles and maintenance of transmission systems
> Operating principles of electrical and electronic systems

Course content

This course consists of four core units:

> Diagnose and Rectify Light Vehicle Engine and Component Faults 
> Diagnose and Rectify Light Vehicle Chassis System Faults 
> Diagnose and Rectify Auxiliary Equipment Electrical Faults
> Diagnose and Rectify Transmission Faults

All learners will be taken on various trips whilst studying the course, these normally include a Go Karting trip.

The knowledge and experience of guest speakers is also shared with the learners. These include guest speakers from the Pipewerx, D1 Ultimate driving experience, JVW Volkswagen specialist, AA, VOSA, Lancashire Fire Service, along with tool and product demonstrations from Snap-On tools and other suppliers.

All level 3 learners are also given the opportunity to complete the latest Hybrid Vehicle Technology course/Vehicle Refrigeration Handling course from which they gain the license to perform vehicle air-conditioning tasks.

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

Returning students must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and we will be looking for an appropriate standard of English and maths. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.


Students will be assessed by undertaking practical tasks on vehicles and completing a logbook of work plus successful completion of two e-examinations.

We are using the latest EPortfolio system which learners can log onto via any smartphone or computer. This system is ideal for learners to track their own progress throughout the course.

Your knowledge will be assessed by the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) set practical assessments in the workshop, IMI set on-line multiple-choice testing and by assessments set by us.

Future opportunities

Successful students will be able to progress onto the Level 4 Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Higher Education or Automotive Management.

This course can allow students to become employed in the Motor Vehicle Industry in a wide range of job roles including vehicle technician, vehicle sales roles, automotive management.

There will always be a demand for skilled motor vehicle experts, especially with car ownership increasing every year. By studying on one of the Motor Vehicle courses at West Lancashire College  you could be looking at a career in:

> Vehicle repair and renovation
> Brakes and exhaust fitting
> Breakdown services
> MOT testing
> Servicing management
> Vehicle servicing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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