Preston's College Automotive
Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
1 year
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This course builds on your knowledge developed at Level 1 and 2 with the inclusion of diagnosing complex system faults and advanced systems operation. You will study both theory and practical aspects covering the technical information you need to work in the industry. Through a range of projects you will develop the essential knowledge that service technicians need to work on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance workshops.

What will I learn?

Diagnosis and Rectification of: Engine & Transmission, Component Faults, Chassis System Faults, Auxiliary Electrical Equipment Faults and Health and safety in the workplace and customer skills associated with working in a modern workshop environment.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in the College’s iSTEM Centre with state-of-the-art equipment and purpose built vehicle workshops, working on real cars and taught by industry experienced tutors.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete projects to show your skills and this will be part of your assessment. You will also complete practical tasks in the workshop, assignments and online multiple choice tests. Progress will be assessed through project based learning and mapped to assessment criteria throughout the year.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of this course you can progress to a relevant Level 3 or 4 programme such as the Level 4 Advanced Automotive Diagnostics and Management Principles. This is also available as an Apprenticeship. You will be required to attend a progression interview, where your performance on the course will be reviewed and taken into consideration.

Alternatively you may seek employment in the industry as a: Motor Vehicle Service Technician, Technician, Master Technician or a MOT Tester.

Is there anything else I need to know?

For workshop activities you will need to purchase suitable overalls and work boots.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (Light Vehicle) and an interview. If you do not have the entry criteria please speak to an advisor as equivalent industry experience will be considered.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

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