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Introduction to Vehicle Technology Diploma Entry level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This course is for those who have not achieved their full potential at school and are looking for a new challenge in a practical working environment. It will provide you with experience in key automotive disciplines as part of the course, you will gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained. The course will introduce you to Motor Vehicle Technologies and covers the basics of how a vehicle operates, including overviews of all main systems and practical experience in maintaining them, including bodywork and paint systems. You will be taught on both cars and motorcycles. Practical assessments are based on observations of practical activities in the workshop, written assessments are based on completion of theory worksheets in the class room. On completion of the course, you will earn an IMI full Diploma at Entry Level 3. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The Diploma is a vocational subject-based learning programme covering all elements of basic vehicle components and systems across a broad range of automotive applications including motor vehicle maintenance, bodywork, paint refinishing and motorcycle maintenance. The programme has been designed to improve your understanding of these different vehicle systems and introduce to vehicle maintenance procedures on all major systems, including topics such as engine operating principles, braking, suspension, steering and tyre systems, transmission systems, fuel and exhaust systems, charging and electrics systems, as well as bodywork and paint. The course will have a practical focus with the emphasis on gaining the skills and understanding of tasks on motor vehicles. The aim is to give you confidence in carrying out basic procedures and so you will be given opportunities to practice skills and techniques learnt in our fully equipped motor vehicle, motorcycle and body/paint workshops.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of study or work. No formal qualifications are required. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a general interest in the automotive industry and a positive attitude towards learning in the automotive industry. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course is designed to give the students hands on practical experience on carry out maintenance and repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the most part with an element of written assessments to ensure systems theory is understood. Your tutor will provide explanations, demonstrations and guide you through practical activities. Practical assessments are based on observations of practical activities, written assessments are based on completions of worksheets. On completion of the course you will earn a full IMI Entry Level 3 Diploma. You will be assessed through the use of practical and theory assessments processes that will be witnessed and signed off by our specialists.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

This course can also be used for learners considering a career in the automotive industry, but wanting to get an insight before making a more substantial commitment. The qualification offers our learners progression opportunities to study at level 1 across a broad range of disciplines, including maintenance and repair, vehicle fitting, motorcycle maintenance and body repair and paint refinishing. See links to Level 1 courses on course page for further details.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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