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Motor Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 3

Subject Area

Motor Vehicle

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

Building upon your previous knowledge, this practical course will develop your skills and help you prepare to enter the motor vehicle sector. Specialising in light vehicles, this course is designed to motivate you and support you to gain the key knowledge and skills required by vehicle maintenance employers. You will learn how to maintain and repair different engines, brakes, tyres, steering, and suspension. You will learn in our state-of-the-art workshop and will also have the opportunity to gain industry experience with an employer.

Why should I choose the course?

The fast-moving automotive industry is thriving and offers abundant career opportunities. Embarking on a career in this sector could see you working on the latest car designs or even in the world of racing cars. Whether you wish to become an auto electrician, breakdown engineer, vehicle body repairer, or even a motorsport engineer, this course will immerse you in the motor vehicle sector and help prepare you for employment. Many of our courses are run by The Institute of the Motor Industry, meaning you will gain all of the high-level knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen career.

What will I learn?

This highly practical course will cover all aspects of the motor vehicle industry, including topics such as advanced electrical systems, advanced chassis systems, advanced gearbox systems, and advanced engine systems. Studying at an in-depth level, you will learn how to diagnose and suitably repair faults, from the initial customer complaint, to confirming symptoms and using specialist tools, through to repairing the fault and testing the system performance. This immersive learning experience will give you the skills and knowledge you need to secure a successful career in the motor vehicle industry.

What will the course lead on to?

After achieving this qualification, you may wish to continue your studies with additional enhancing courses such as the F-Gas qualification to service air conditioning systems. You may also decide to continue training to become an MOT tester. Alternatively, you could undertake an advanced apprenticeship or seek employment as a technician in the motor vehicle sector or a related industry.

Are there any links with industry and university?

Our hardworking Motor Vehicle teaching staff have a wealth of industry experience and draw on this to enrich the course, linking your studies to the automotive industry. With experience in work in International Race Teams, as MOT Testers and qualifications to work with electric vehicles, our tutors will give you a wide range of the most up to date skills possible.

We have strong links with local automotive businesses, helping you to secure work experience that will impress employers, and perhaps even Apprenticeships or employment. Fantastic opportunities can be gained from this, with many of previous students being offered apprenticeships, part-time and full-time employment after impressing their employers.

A key part of your course will also include guest talks and demonstrations, with previous students having gained valuable skills from leading employers such as Prestige Motors, Jungheinrich and Rix’s Motors along with many local garages in Warrington, St Helens and Leigh. This will give you a great understanding of the industry from skilled professionals, and gain a worthwhile insight into potential future careers.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington & Vale Royal College is home to its very own state of the art motor vehicle workshop. As a student on this course, you will be serving real clients, working on their cars and experiencing a fully operating car garage. This will be supported by a valuable work placement opportunity to add to your CV and gain an insight into working life.

Getting out into industry is an important part of your Motor Vehicle course. You will experience exciting opportunities watching race cars at the NEC Auto Sports show, as well as visiting factories such as the Vauxhall factory in Ellesmere Port, along with visiting local garages to learn the intricacies of the skills required in this profession.

We work closely with local employers to ensure our Motor Mechanic study programmes provide the skills and techniques that they are looking for. This means that when you embark upon your career you will have relevant, up to date knowledge and skills to impress employers and rise through the ranks.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have completed the Level 2 Certificate Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair or have some relevant industry experience.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There are no additional costs associated with this course. However, you will need to wear some sensible shoes/boots in the workshop.

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33 Weeks
Class Times
09:00 - 16:30
Warrington Campus
Tue - Thu
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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