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Motor Vehicle Level 3 at Kendal College

Course description

This course will enable you to develop your skills further as you cover subjects such as servicing and repair of motor vehicles, braking systems, electrical systems, suspension systems, steering systems together with fault diagnosis and rectification.

You will work on a range of real jobs (working on student’s and tutor’s cars) in our industry standard workshop over 3 days per week.

A variety of trips take place throughout the year. For example, go-karting at Cumbria Karting and a visit to the Motorsport Show at NEC Birmingham. Work experience in local businesses is also offered.

You will gain the following transferable skills on this programme: managing money, ordering parts, problem solving and communicating with customers.

All of our learners will be provided with support with their English and Maths skills (where relevant). Those students who have not yet achieved a C grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards achieving these qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

This course will enable you to develop the skills started on the level 2 programme and covers:

- Servicing and repair of motor vehicles

- Braking systems

- Lighting systems

- Suspension systems

- Steering systems

- Electrical systems

- Basic motor vehicle engineering skills

- Industrial skills

The emphasis of this course is on the diagnostic processes you will need to carry out servicing and repair. You will use industry-standard diagnostic technology and specialist machines such as oscilloscopes and admissions analyses. You will use decision-making skills to make informed judgements on maintenance requirements.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed the full time Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles course to join this course.


Your understanding of motor vehicle technology will be assessed via online exams. The practical work will be assessed by direct observation.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of the course it is anticipated that students can gain employment in the motor industry. Students may also progress to Higher Education or Level 4 programme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.