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Vehicle Technology BTEC Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

You can choose between a one and two year course. After having successfully completed the one year course, which is equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels, you can then progress on to the second year, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

This course should appeal to those who have a passion for cars as well as an interest in the maintenance of vehicles. This course will develop the skills that you will have learnt on a Level 2 course and it will provide you with the practical experience and the technical knowledge needed to work in the automotive industry. You will learn how to carry out maintenance and repairs on cars, vans, and other light vehicles in our modern, fully equipped workshops. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

You will study nine units each in both the first year and the second year. These will cover a range of subjects, including vehicle chassis, transmission, and electronic ignition systems; engine and electronic principles; vehicle science and mathematics; and system fault diagnosis.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

Specialist Facilities:

This programme is delivered by our fully qualified and professional staff. You will gain experience in exactly what it would be like to work as a technician in a modern workshop. You will learn advanced skills in vehicle maintenance, in both the classroom and the workshop, while working towards completing a portfolio.

You will benefit from working in a modern, fully equipped vehicle workshop with an extensive range of industry standard Snap-on and Bosch diagnostic equipment. You will be working on a fleet of modern vehicles and you will diagnose faults on bespoke engine running rigs.

The course will involve the restoration/production of a petrol engine go-kart. You will gain the confidence to conduct a mock MOT inspection and carry out lubrication and full servicing, with diagnostic fault finding techniques.

Trips and Activities:

You will have the opportunity to participate in trips and visits to Brands Hatch, BMW training at Reading, and the Mini production line based at Oxford.

Employer Links:

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.

To progress to the second year Extended Diploma qualification you will need to successfully complete the first year of this course and demonstrate good attendance and punctuality at the College.


You will be assessed over nine units each year, with two or three assignments for each unit. 

Future opportunities

Completion of this course can lead to progression to a degree in automotive engineering. Alternatively, you could enter employment within the motor industry as an apprentice.

Now is a great time to be working in the motor vehicle industry as the sector is predicted to grow in the coming years. It is estimated that 100,000 new automotive jobs will be created by 2020 and this industry generates £59 billion each year.

Future careers include vehicle maintenance and repair, body building, roadside assistance and recovery, vehicle sales, and motorsport maintenance and repair.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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