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The Level 3 Diploma is a vocational course that completes the three year training programme for practical vehicle mechanics. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

The pattern of attendance is three full days per week. The course is made up of six core and one specialist units. The specialist unit enable you to study particular area in depth.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • Customer Care
    • Vehicle Systems
    • Electronics
    • Fault Diagnostics
    • Science
    • Maths
    • Light Engines
    • SI Electrics
    • Ancillary Equipment
    • Fuel Injection
    • Transmission
    • Braking
    • Steering and Suspension
    • Engine Maintenance Systems

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    The course is ideal for you if you have an interest in developing your practical and theoretical skills to enable you to work in the motor vehicle industry and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in vehicle maintenance.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The assessment of is made up of three components which are set by IMI:

    • practical tasks
    • online testing
    • written assignment/coursework
  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective

    • The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop

    • The implications and legal requirements of fitting accessories and carrying out vehicle modifications.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring diagrams to determine service serviceability

    • Adhere to business processes and complete documentation following workplace procedures

    • Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Take responsibility when required and be accountable when things dont go as planned

    • Operate as an effective team member
    • Build effect relationships with colleagues and customers.
  • General info

    You will need to supply safety boots and overalls for workshop activities.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities
    • Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship
  • Entry Requirements for new students

    IMI Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and GCSEs at Grade 3 [D] in English Language and Maths or Level 1 Functional Skills English and Maths

    If you are aged 19 or over and are an experienced, employed vehicle technician we will discuss your study options with you during your interview.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.