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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Rhyl
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    1 year

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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3

Full-time (Further Education)

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

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

This Level 3 course helps you build on the technical skills and academic knowledge you learnt at Level 2. 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 vehicle 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 Criteria

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 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
  • You may need to complete 150 hours of work experience.

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


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 (Apprenticeship Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (Light))
  • apply for other roles in the motor vehicle industry

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 3

Programme Area:

  • Motor Vehicle Technology


This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

  • Llangefni
  • Rhyl

Motor Vehicle Technology

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Motor Vehicle Technology

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