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 4 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?
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.