Level 3 Light Advanced Technical Diploma in the Automotive Industry

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

The motor vehicle industry keeps everybody moving. Specialist skills are needed by private individuals and industries such as public transport, main dealers, retail delivery, breakdown recovery, emergency services and motorsports.

If you have recently completed your Level 2 in Vehicle Maintenance, or you have prior experience in the industry, this is the next step in your training. This programme is designed to give students a nationally recognised qualification in vehicle maintenance and repair, providing the knowledge, skills and understanding required to gain employment within the industry.

Course content

This Level 3 qualification covers the technical needs for today's motor vehicle repair industry including the diagnosis of complex system faults.

It provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. It is a learning programme which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

  • Health and Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Skills in Supporting Job Roles in the Automotive Work Environment.
  • Skills in Materials, Fabrication and Tools and Measuring Devices used in the Automotive Environment
  • 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

You'll also continue your English and Maths up to GCSE level.

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 workexperience@plumpton.ac.uk

Entry Requirements:


  • You'll need to have achieved 4 or more GCSEs between grade 9-4 (previous grade structure A-C) including English, Maths and a Science 
  • Successful completion of a Level 2 course in a related area and GCSE maths or English at grade c/4 or above

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered. 

Dates & Location:

September 2021


1 year, full-time

3 days per week in College
1 day per week in industry / work experience 


£150 for materials

If you will be over 19 on the start date of your course you maybe required to pay tuition fees. Please contact enquiries@plumpton.ac.uk to confirm.

Future Opportunities

By completing this course, you'll be able to go on to complete a Level 3 Land-Based Technology course or go on to take an apprenticeship. 

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