Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance (Light Vehicle)

Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance (Light Vehicle)

Course Information

Cambridge Campus, 05/09/2022
Level: 3
Start Date: 05/09/2022
Location: Cambridge Campus
Duration: 1 Year
Type: Full Time
Code: MM1AT3

This one-year programme aims to enable you to diagnose problems in a range of vehicle systems. You will gain an advanced understanding of engine transmission, electrical systems and chassis systems, while exploring the essential knowledge of working in the industry. 

This course is suitable for learners aged 16 and over, who are looking to enter the motor vehicle industry at a higher level through the study of the practical and theoretical aspects of vehicle maintenance.

About the Course

This one year programme aims to enable you to diagnose problems in a range of vehicle systems, covering Engine, Transmission, Electrical and Chassis Systems. It consists of four units and follows the Institute of the Motor Industry Level 3 Technical Diploma. During the course you will learn and demonstrate practical skills and knowledge relating to vehicle maintenance, service and complex diagnosis. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake work experience both within the college and externally.

This course is a learning programme which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

• Correctly carrying out vehicle inspection routines

• Developing own diagnostic skills with regards to powertrain, chassis and transmission systems.

• Complex Electrical fault finding within various vehicle systems.

• Understanding and use of up to date diagnostic equipment.

Health and safety is of paramount importance in all areas of the automotive industry, and this will be reinforced throughout the course.

To aid in the learner's development they will be allowed to gain valuable work experience in our own commercial area working in a real working environment.

Whilst at the college you will be encouraged to take part in competitions, participate in the college enrichment programmes, mentoring other students and develop your entrepreneurial skills through charitable and community projects which run throughout the year and are led by students.


Successful completion of all elements of this study programme will allow you to progress in several different ways, including; •  Gaining employment within the automotive industry and undertaking an apprenticeship scheme to gain further qualifications and experience. •  Your knowledge and skills would be useful in gaining employment in the automotive industry in a number of roles such as parts, sales or service reception.

Entry Requirements

To access this course you will be required to have successful completed an IMI Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair and a L2 Functional Skills in Numeracy and Literacy, or have equivalent industry experience.


Learning takes place through a variety of theory and practical lessons. Students will also need to carry out personal research to enable them to successfully complete the course, guidance on this will be given by the course tutors. Your skills and knowledge will be continually assessed throughout the course through formal multiple choice examinations, and practical tests. Support will be provided through regular meetings with your course tutor.

How to Apply

You can apply through our online application, just click on Apply.

Students who attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply through the CAP application system, MyChoice@16, your school will be able to help you with this.

If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448 or .

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to a Welcome Event and for a guidance discussion. Through the Welcome Event you will get the chance to learn more about college and your course. When you have your conditional offer, you will be invited and required to attend new student Taster Days during the summer before the start of your course. Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

Take control of your future and enrol on a course with CRC. Whether you've just finished your GCSEs or A Levels, already working or unemployed we can help you succeed.

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