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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

The course is designed for students who have achieved an Automotive Studies qualification at Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles.

The units studied will enable you to acquire a deeper understanding of vehicle systems, operating principles and fault diagnosis.

Course content

You will be responsible for compiling a portfolio of evidence for all units of study undertaken in the workshop and on-line exams for the theory units.

The units of study will include:

  • Knowledge of support for job roles in the automotice work environment.
  • Skills/Knowledge in diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle engine faults.
  • Skills/Knowledge in diagnosis and ratification of automotive vehicle auxiliary electrical faults.
  • Skills/knowledge in diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle chassis system faults

During the course you may be given the opportunity to undertake work experience at a local garage. This will be in the form of a block or day release.


Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a recognised Level 2 Diploma in Automotive Studies qualification. Entry to Level 3 will depend on your overall grade, including exam results.

There is no direct entry to this course without prior achievement of the Level 2 Diploma in Automotive Studies.


You will be assessed on this course during the year using a range of assessment methods, including written assignments, practical workshop tasks, presentations and on-line tests.

All assessments are marked by your lecturer.

Future opportunities

After this course, you should be looking for employment in the motor vehicle industry.

Ideally, you need to contact local motor vehicle garages during your course to enquire about future job vacancies. You may also progress to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in the Automotive Industry.

Further information

In the workshop you must wear safety shoes/boots and overalls that conform to British Standards. These items can be ordered through the College when you join the course. Course books are supplied by the College. You will need pens, pencils, paper and a calculator.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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