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Vehicle Maintenance (Automotive, Motor Vehicle) Level 3 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

This is an ideal course if you wish to further your knowledge around the automotive industry. Ideally you will have completed an automotive course at Level 2 or had some experience in a garage environment before joining this course.

The course leads to a Level 3 diploma and is an excellent stepping stone towards an Apprenticeship or full time employment in the sector. The course will involve homework, assignments and some self-study. Work placement is also part of the program.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Course content

You will spend approximately six hours a week on practical development in our fully equipped motor vehicle workshop. You will also be timetabled for approximately six hours a week classroom study, two hours of Functional Skills development and tutorial allocation.

Entry requirements

You will need a relevant Level 2 qualification as well as GCSEs in maths and English at grade C or above. We will request a school or college report and you will attend an interview at the college.


You will be working towards practical and theory based tests. The practical tests will take place in the workshop and you will also sit four online exams. These are some of the elements you will study:

  • Knowledge of diagnosis and rectification of engine faults
  • Knowledge of diagnosis and rectification of chassis faults
  • Knowledge of diagnosis and rectification of transmission and driveline faults
  • Knowledge of diagnosis and rectification of auxiliary electrical faults

Future opportunities

On completing this course you can progress onto an Automotive Apprenticeship or full time employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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