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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

Offered through the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), this programme is a continuation from the Motor Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 2 Diploma combining classroom based theory with practical diagnostics and advanced repair procedures.

Course content

Advanced diagnostics in:

  • Engines, including lubrication systems, cooling systems and engine management systems
  • Electrics, including Can Bus, flex ray and fibre optics systems.
  • Chassis units including ABS, ESP, advanced suspension and steering systems
  • Transmission including clutches, manual and automatic gearboxes, final drive units and differentials.
  • Maths and English is a mandatory requirement of all learners.


There will be the opportunity for industry work experience, apprenticeships and industry related trips which will further enhance the candidates experience and knowledge of the motor vehicle industry.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need to have completed the Motor Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 2 Diploma and have maths & English GCSEs to Grade C. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to complete a skills assessment.


Assessment will take the form of practical assessments, written assignments and online exams where the candidate will have to demonstrate a sound knowledge of vehicle systems and diagnosis procedures.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can progress on to an Apprenticeship, or into employment in the motor vehicle sector as a trainee technician, higher education is also accessible via a Foundation Degree in Automotive Engineering or Motorsports.

Further information

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £24 for required clothing/uniform, and £40 for any trips/visits that take place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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