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
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.