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Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This is a one year Motor Vehicle Advanced Apprenticeship programme for those young people aged 16+ who are working in the motor vehicle industry and have completed a Level 2 Light Vehicle Apprenticeship framework. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 years olds and partially funded for the 19+ age group.

Within a flexible framework, Apprenticeships combine formal vocational training (on-the-job training), appropriate vocational education known as the Technical Diploma (day release) and work-based skills development leading to a VCQ Level 3. Within this framework, optional units are chosen to meet the needs of the individual and the employer.


The framework is made up of the following components. In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

Competence Qualification (VCQ) - Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence
(VCQ) - This is the on-the-job element of the course.

Technical Diploma (VRQ) - Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ) - This is the day release element at College.

Functional Skills - Level 2 English and Maths and IT. Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) - formally assessed.
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - This will be integrated into the vocational elements at College and developed in the workplace.

Entry requirements

This course requires that you have already achieved the full Level 2 Apprenticeship framework. Advanced Apprentices will ideally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs including Maths, Science and English at grade 4 (C) and above. This level of programme will usually last approximately 12 months. This is only a guide as VCQs in general are not time bound.


The Apprentice has a formal Training Agreement managed by the College. The agreement lays down the commitment and responsibility of the employer and the college. The learner has an Individual Learning Plan which details all the specific units within the VCQ and all the other agreed qualifications, such as Functional Skills, Technical Diploma, ERR and any additional requirements to be achieved during the apprenticeship framework timescale. The learner will have a Programme Leader/Assessor who will be responsible for the training programme. The Programme Leader/Assessor will visit the learner in the workplace on a regular basis, and will assess the learner's progress and review overall progress set against agreed targets.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering scheme provides the best possible preparation for achieving skilled and or technician status within the industry. It may also lead to Higher Education or University,  IMI Apprentices are encouraged to become Associates of the Institute.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 05 September 2019
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