Motor Vehicle

City & Guilds Level 3 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence

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Completed your Level 2 in Motor Vehicle? Or have prior experience in the industry? 

This Level 3 Diploma covers all of the light vehicle service aspects, focusing on efficient diagnosis of key components to industry standards. Students will discover the functions of complex systems within today’s vehicles and how these systems integrate with each other to operate to the manufacturer’s specification.

Course content

  • Health and Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Skills in Supporting Job Roles in the Automotive Work Environment.
  • Knowledge of Isolating & Re-energising HV systems in Electric Vehicles
  • Diagnosing and Rectification of Light Vehicle Engine Faults
  • Diagnosing and Rectification of Light Vehicle Chassis System Faults
  • Diagnosing and Rectification of Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline faults
  • Diagnosing and Rectification of Light Vehicle Auxiliary Electrical Faults

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum 180 hour compulsory work experience achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 180 hours of industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact

Course details

Dates & Location

The academic year runs from September to June.


1 year, 3 days per week


£180 for materials


Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a Motor Vehicle Level 2 course, having studied English and Maths at GCSE level, attaining a grade between 9-5 (previous grade structure A*-C).

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Future Opportunities

You can progress onto a degree course in motor vehicle. These are the employment opportunities after completing this course:

  • Master Technician
  • Mobile service Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Parts/Stores person
  • MOT Tester
  • Service Manager
  • Workshop Controller
  • Business owner

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