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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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Derby College is an IMI recognised employer

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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Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

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.
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