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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 3

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

Motor vehicle


Level 3


1 year


Blackbird Leys,
Cuddesdon Way,
Oxford, OX4 6HN

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

See information about the measures we are taking to keep learners safe while on campus.

If you have recently completed your Level 2 Motor Vehicle Maintenance programme, or you have prior experience in the industry, this is the next step in your training.

The motor vehicle industry keeps everybody moving. Specialist skills are needed by private individuals and industries such as public transport, HGV, retail delivery, breakdown recovery, emergency services and motorsports. If you have recently completed your Level 2 in Vehicle Maintenance, or you have prior experience in the industry, this is the next step in your training. This programme is designed to give students a nationally recognised qualification in vehicle maintenance and repair, providing the knowledge, skills and understanding required to gain employment within the industry.

Study with us and you’ll train in a real garage workshop, working on real cars. Whether you do an apprenticeship or a full-time programme, you’ll face new challenges and stretch your abilities in a realistic working environment. On this programme you will learn the attributes, values, skills and attitudes for working in the motor vehicle industry. The course also covers the diagnosis and rectification of faults in engine, electrical, chassis and transmission systems.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include hybrid vehicle diagnostic equipment and the latest vehicle lifts. We have also been fortunate to receive donations of new vehicles from manufacturers including Hyundai, to offer students the chance to train on a range of engines. Our teachers create an exciting and supportive environment for students - offering insights and tips from their careers in the motor vehicle industry.

What I'll learn

The course covers a wide range of subjects including:

  • inspect vehicles
  • diagnose and rectify vehicle engine systems
  • diagnose and rectify vehicle chassis systems
  • diagnose and rectify auxiliary equipment and electrical faults


How I'll learn

You will receive instruction, guidance and encouragement to practise and develop the skills necessary to achieve the award. 


How I'll be assessed

Attendance at a work placement is a compulsory component of this programme. The course includes an essential trip to the Motorsport show (approx £50).


Entry Requirements

5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths or BTEC Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction, plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths.

Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment and a text book, these are included in your Materials Fee which is payable at enrolment.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 

Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.