Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Mechanics and Maintenance

Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Mechanics and Maintenance

Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Mechanics and Maintenance

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Our motor vehicle department has industry experienced staff and the relevant vehicles to train you to successfully work in the motor industry.

You will also get to experience life in the exciting world of motor vehicles while modifying our rally car projects and work in our service centre as part of our work experience programme.

You should have a keen interest in motor vehicles; a willingness to learn in a practical and theoretical environment; be self-motivated; able to study and complete written assignments to set deadlines; good underpinning knowledge of light vehicle electrics, engine, transmission and chassis principles.

Course Structure

Your previous study of the systems found on light vehicles will enable you to diagnose complex faults and repair them, and prepare you for working in the motor industry or going to university. Our lecturers are passionate about passing on their knowledge and skills to the motor vehicle repair technicians of the future.

Units covered:

  • Diagnosis and rectification of vehicle auxiliary electrical faults
  • Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle engine faults
  • Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle chassis system faults
  • Overhauling light vehicle engine mechanical units
  • Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle transmission and driveline faults

What can I go on to study?

  • Work-based study such as an NVQ or Higher Apprenticeship (in a related area).
  • University-level courses in a related subject.

This course is a Study Programme which consists of

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Work Experience
  • Tutorial
  • Maths*
  • English*

* If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade 4 (C in the old grading structure) or above in English and Maths you will study Maths and/ or English as an integral part of your college programme.


You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs Grade 4 (C in the old grading structure), including maths and English (or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2), or successful completion of a Level 2 Maintenance and Repair course (achieving a merit or above and completing Functional Skills Maths and English). Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager.

Course is free for 16-18yrs; for 19-23yrs, course is free if you have not achieved a full Level 2 qualification.

For all other students fees apply:
Course fee £5421; Exam Fee TBC

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Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Career Assessment

Need help choosing the right career path? You’ll be given a series of activities related to a work environment. Your job is to slide the scale to the left or right depending on how much you like or dislike the given activity. You will receive recommendations based on your selections.

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