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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) IMI - Level 3 at Dudley College

Course description

The aim of Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles qualification is designed to provide:

The knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to start a career as a mechanic/ technician in the motor vehicle service and repair industry.

It also provides the knowledge component of the IMI SSC Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship framework for Light Vehicle.

Course content

• 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 light vehicle transmission and
• driveline system faults
• Functional skills
• Work experience.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that for direct entry on to the Diploma, you will have a minimum of 4 years' work-based practical experience and 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in maths, English and a science-based subject.

Other appropriate prior learning could include the IMI Level 2 Award in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (various routes) or equivalent motor vehicle qualifications from other awarding bodies.

If you have no formal qualifications or prior experience, completion of the Level 2 certificate is considered to be essential.


50% of the course is practical-based. The requirements will be met by the use of the IMI Awards practical assessments with a detailed written report for each task.

These assessments ensure rigour and quality of assessment by measuring the candidate's application of the underpinning knowledge of critical light vehicle areas, such as braking systems and other light vehicle safety related systems.

To satisfy the regulatory body's requirements for these qualifications to receive national recognition, part of the assessment criteria must contain independent testing (i.e. external assessment).

This criteria has been met by the IMI Awards online tests. IMI Awards have developed a set of phase tests which will ensure that the candidate meets the learning outcomes not covered by the IMI Awards practical assessments.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.


Examples of financial help are:


Bursary fund


Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.




We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.


*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.


**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.


***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.


For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555

Future opportunities

VCQ in vehicle repairs and maintenance BTEC or IMI management qualifications.

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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