Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles

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This course is designed to allow you to specialise in the area of fault rectification and diagnosis on modern vehicles. You will build on the practical skills and knowledge you have learnt from a Level 2 motor vehicle qualification and will be well prepared for moving into the motor vehicle industry as a full-time technician. This diploma qualification is the technical certificate element of a modern motor vehicle apprenticeship so if you could find work in a garage on completion of the course, you would only need to complete the workplace observations and possibly functional skills.

The level 3 qualification consists of the following units:

  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle engine faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle chassis system faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle transmission and driveline faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying vehicle auxiliary electrical faults

Am I right for the course?

Suitable for candidates who wish to make a career in the motor vehicle industry or further their studies from level 2 Motor Vehicle

You should have completed a full Level 2 motor vehicle qualification through either City & Guilds or IMI Awards.

In order to pass each qualification, candidates must demonstrate its learning outcomes by following 3 assessment components: C&G Awards Practical Assessments, C&G Awards On-line External Testing and C&G Awards Phase Tests. A minimum of 60% of each units learning outcomes must be achieved by the candidate completing practical activities in a workshop based environment.

Air conditioning systems and SRS, ABS breaking systems are topics which can be made available to enhance the overall qualification.

Oaklands has an impressive list of professional experts as part of their Motor Vehicle and Engineering team. Teaching staff have wide and varied knowledge of the motor vehicle industry.

What Next?

Achievement can mean your next move could be into employment as a L3 VRQ motor vehicle technician or you could progress onto a L3 qualification in Engineering.

Our Motor Vehicle courses will teach you motor vehicle maintenance and repair in our purpose built workshop based at St Albans Campus. Our Motor Vehicle Maintenance courses are taught by experienced motor-trade professionals. They will give you the relevant skills to start a motor vehicle apprenticeship or begin work in the industry.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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