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What opportunities will this course give me?

The retail automotive sector employs over 500,000 people with a turnover of 146 billion a year! Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair is suitable for individuals who wish to undertake further study which will support their progression into the retail motor vehicle industry. The successful completion of this programme can lead to an Apprenticeship and possible progression to higher education.

As an apprentice automotive technician, you may expect to earn between 7,000 - 13,000, depending on your age and stage of training. Once qualified, and with the required experience, a master technician can expect to earn in the region of between 25,000 - 45,000. (

What will I be learning?

Through theory and practical lessons, you will develop the essential knowledge and skills required by the motor vehicle industry. This will include:

• Health, safety and good housekeeping
• Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices
• Support for job roles
• Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle engine faults
• Diagnosis and rectification of vehicle auxiliary electrical faults
• Diagnosis and rectification of light vehicle chassis system faults
• Identify and agree motor vehicle customer service needs

All students studying on this programme will have a period in a local garage workshop and the colleges own MOT station to gain valuable work experience to prepare them for employment.

Programme tutors will arrange visits to industry based events, such as the Motorsport Show.

Why is this course for me?

You will be assessed through a combination of:

• workshop based competence tasks and questioning
• written assessments
• external online testing
• Functional Skills assessments in Maths and English
• E-portfolio of evidence to show your competence and understanding of the qualification and skills

The study programme is 13 hours per week for 35 weeks and students will be expected to complete an additional 10 hours minimum of self-study each week. The timetable is usually over three days with math and English if required.

What do I need to sign up?

You must have a suitable Level 2 automotive qualification, along with a genuine interest in gaining experience of working in the retail automotive industry. You will be required to undertake BKSB assessment in Maths and English, and attend a formal interview in college where you will be expected to demonstrate your interest and commitment to study.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to provide suitable overalls and safety boots which must always be worn during all workshop activities, as well as a folder for your learning materials and pens as you will be expected to keep a record of your learning.

If you are aged 16-18 the programme is fully funded. If you are aged 19+, fees may apply.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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12/09/2022 - Apply Now


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24+: £1,766.00

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MV3 Eastleigh College 12/09/2022 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,766.00 Apply now

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