This Level 3 course is for those wishing to specialise in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair for a career in the motor industry or for those wanting to progress to university level courses afterwards.
It is designed for school and college leavers who have already achieved grade C or above in BOTH Maths and English and the Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. This course also includes a mandatory Level 3 Maths unit and academic writing skills for those wishing to progress to university.
You must have achieved BOTH Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above and the full Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. You should also have passed the mechanical comprehension entrance test, alongside a successful interview.
You will study:
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests and assignments for all units. Practical activities are assessed in our centre using externally set criteria. Level 3 Maths and G3 job roles are assessed by written assignments and online exams.
You must provide your own steel toe-capped boots to be worn at all times in the workshops. A £40 fee will be required for College overalls, sweatshirts and T-shirts.
Subject to achieving the Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and the Level 3 Maths units, with a successful application you would be eligible to apply for a Foundation Degree/Degree in Motorsport at university. Without the Level 3 Maths unit, your pathway would be restricted to an apprenticeship (if employment is secured).
Even with the Level 3 Maths unit, and with employment as an apprentice, you can progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ).
Want to know more about life in the motor industry? Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work for an introduction?
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
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The Garage - open to the public
Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.
As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.
Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.
The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.
I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.