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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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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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Sukjevan Dhindsa

Sukjevan Dhindsa

Motor Vehicle apprentice Jeeves on road to becoming Master Technician

Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician.
Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby.
Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes.
Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful.
Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there.
He said:

I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.

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