Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.

If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.

Is this course right for me?

If you are looking for a career as a mechanic, or technician, and already completed a Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 course, then the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light) Level 3 course is for you.

This Level 3 course helps you build on the technical skills and academic knowledge you learnt at Levels 1and2.  The course mixes practical, hands-on learning, delivered in realistic workshops with more advanced theory, delivered in a classroom environment or through ILT.  It brings your abilities up to an industry level and prepares you for a career as a mechanic or technician.

In addition to attending the course, it is recommended that you gain work experience in a local garage.  Work experience is essential if you are to make the required progress in your vocational skills.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • A Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Relevant industry experience

As part of the application process, you may be asked to attend an interview with the opportunity to discuss the course in more detail.


The Level 3 Diploma is only available as a progression route to those students who have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles. The course covers four technical units, to include the four main vehicle areas:

  • Advance Chassis Technology
  • Advance Engine Technology
  • Advanced Transmission Technology
  • Advanced Electrical and Electronic Technology

The Centre for Automotive Technology at the Rhyl Campus is equipped to the latest industry standards, including Heavy Goods Vehicle Brake Tester, 4 Wheel Drive Rolling Road Dynamometer, 4-Wheel Alignment, a superb Auto-Electronics Diagnostic Room, USI Spray Booths, Lechler Mixing Scheme, Car-OLiner Body Jig and Alignment System, Welding Bays, Valeting Bay, plus Hybrid Technology, Vehicle Climate Control Systems and Electric/Hybrid vehicle training workshop.

There are 5 workshops at the Llangefni campus equipped with the latest industry standard equipment for the diagnostics and maintenance of; cars, vans, lorries and trucks.  Equipment includes; 2 wheel rolling road dynamometer, fully equipped ATL MOT 4 poster ramp, laser 4-Wheel alignment, latest diagnostic scanners and lab scopes for Heavy and Light vehicles, hybrid rig,, Autotronics Lab and Air-con facilities and excellent industry trained staff.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Realistic working tasks
  • Lectures to develop underpinning knowledge
  • Assignment work
  • Online learning
  • Visits to Industry and Trade Shows
  • Placement in the industry for a two week period


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Internal practical assessment
  • Online assessment
  • Oral questioning
  • Written questions
  • Short learner task sheets for you to complete independently


Completion of this course will prepare you for employment as a vehicle mechanic or technician.  In a fast-changing industry, companies involved with vehicle manufacturing, retail, distribution, servicing and accident repair are constantly looking to recruit new staff.

Progression opportunities include:

  • work as a vehicle mechanic or technician
  • apply for an apprenticeship
  • apply for other roles in the motor vehicle industry