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Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. This course runs from September to June. It is a full-time course in Light Vehicle Diagnostic and Rectification, for 16 hours a week. This course is for those who are looking for a challenge in a practical working environment, working on all types of cars. Its suitable for both progressing learners and mature learners that are not employed in the automotive industry but want the opportunity to develop occupational knowledge and skills. It will provide learners with an understanding of the importance of health and safety to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained. The course is taught week days at our Abbey Park campus, and will cover all Light Vehicle Technologies at an advance level. The course covers of all main systems in depth and practical experience in diagnostic and rectification of them. Learners will have practical assessments based on observations of practical activities in the workshop, written assessments based on completion of theory written assessments in the class room and online exams. Learning is set at an advanced level and learners will be expected to carry out practical tasks to industry standards and be able to diagnose complex faults as required by the course. On completion of the course you will earn an IMI full Diploma at level 3 with progression onto a level 4 Diploma or Foundation Degree.

Course content

The level 3 Diploma is a vocational subject-based learning programme covering all elements both the theory and practical aspects of the following: Light Vehicle diagnostic and rectification principles of engines, tyres, brakes, steering, suspension, transmission and electrical systems. Personal and Social Development and Employment Skills are compulsory elements of the course. With all learners required to find and carryout suitable work experience over the course of the year in order to pass the program. The program has been designed to improve your understanding of these different light vehicle systems and to further develop knowledge and skills in advance diagnostic and rectification procedures on all major systems and the compulsory health and safety, tools and equipment and job roles in the automotive industry. The course will have a practical focus with the emphasis on gaining the skills and understanding of tasks on light vehicles. The aim is to give you confidence in procedures to an advance level and full understanding of the related theory, so you will be given opportunities to practice skills and techniques learnt in our fully equipped light vehicle workshop. There is online learning via the colleges Moodle site, where lectures, handouts, course scheduled and other learner resources can be found and utilised by all students.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work. A GCSE in English, maths, science and one other subject at grade 4 (C) or above is required. A level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle maintenance is desirable but not essential along with a positive attitude towards learning in the automotive industry. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course is designed to give the students hands on practical experience on carry out diagnostic and rectification procedures on light vehicles and so is delivered and assessed practically in the most part with an element of written assessments to ensure systems theory is understood, coupled with online exams, to ensure industry standards are met. Your tutor will provide explanations, demonstrations and guide you through practical activities. Practical assessments are based on observations of practical activities, written assessments are based on completions of written assessments. On completion of the course you will earn a full IMI Level 3 Diploma. You will be assessed through the use of practical, theory and online assessments that will be witnessed and signed off by our specialists. You will complete a portfolio of evidence covering workshop tasks and related online exams and phase tests for each topic you study. Those students who are 16-18 will be expected to continue to work towards GCSE grade C or above in both English and maths, if they have not already gained them.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

This course is for learners considering a career in the automotive industry. The qualification offers our learners progression opportunities to study at level 4 Diploma in Light Vehicle Master Technician or Foundation Degrees in Engineering dependent on held qualifications. You will need to demonstrate good attendance of at least 90% and gain a good reference from your Programme Lead in order to progress to the next level. Alternatively learners are encouraged to apply for Motor Vehicle Technician Position in industry following successful completion of this course.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 September 2017
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