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Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

Further your motor vehicle skills and training for a career in the motor vehicle industry with this advanced apprenticeship. It’s ideal for people who have completed an intermediate apprenticeship in motor vehicle and are looking to further their skills in the motor vehicle industry. 

You broaden your skill set by looking at more complex faults and using more sophisticated equipment to diagnose problems.

You expand on the basic skills and knowledge and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. The apprenticeship gives you a valuable insight into the profession and the future career options available to you.

Course content

The elements that make up the advanced apprenticeship are: 
• Diploma in Motor Vehicle 
• NVQ Diploma in Motor Vehicle 
• Functional Skills in English and Maths Level 2
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Some of the units covered include:
• inspecting vehicles
• engine system faults
• chassis system faults
• electrical faults and transmission faults 

You spend one day a week in college participating in classroom and practical-based sessions. The other four days are spent working in the workplace putting what you have learned into practice.

At college you learn both in the classroom and the workshops. You then take the skills you have learned out to the workplace where you are expected to bring work-based evidence and build a portfolio.

Entry requirements

You should have completed the intermediate level motor vehicle apprenticeship before progressing onto this apprenticeship. After applying you will be invited to complete initial assessments to ensure that you are at the right level of learning for the course.


An assessor will visit your work place to observe your working practices. All functional skills will be delivered at college within your day release.

Future opportunities

The advanced apprenticeship in motor vehicle provides the ideal foundation from which to further your skills within the motor industry. Possible job roles you could consider include:
• light or heavy vehicle diagnostic technician
• motorcycle diagnostic technician
• auto-electrical diagnostic technician

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.