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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 2

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Course Summary

This course, leading to a VCQ Level 3, enables apprentices working in the mechanical light vehicle (car) sector to take their skills and experience to the next stage.  They will learn how to identify and repair more complex faults, to use sophisticated diagnostic equipment and to make ever greater contributions to the productivity and competitiveness of the business. 

To support the main programme of study, future progression and life skills, students will also develop their skills in maths, English and ICT. 

Entry requirements

You need to be employed within the motor industry - for at least 24 hours per week - and you must have previously achieved either an NVQ or VCQ Level 2 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Course Content

Units for this qualification include:

  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping
  • Supporting Job Roles in the Automotive Environment 
  • Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices
  • Diagnosing and Rectifying Automotive Vehicle Auxiliary Electrical Faults 
  • Diagnosing and Rectifying Engine Faults 
  • Diagnosing and Rectifying Chassis System Faults
  • Diagnosing and Rectifying Transmission and Driveline Faults 
  • Inspecting Light Vehicles Using Prescribed Methods
  • Functional Skills ICT
  • Level 2 English and maths

How will I be assessed?

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests for all units.  Practical activities are assessed in your place of work using externally set criteria.  Functional Maths, English and ICT are assessed through a controlled assessment. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need stationery and Personal Protective Equipment, including safety boots and overalls.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to gain Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) status or a role as a diagnostic vehicle/master technician.

Want to know more about life in the Motor Industry?

Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work to find out more.


This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College

The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.

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Zubair Hussain

Zubair Hussain

Degree in motorsport engineering puts Zubair on career fast track

When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn.He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby.He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career.Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:

I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.

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