Course starts: September 2019

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Advancing your knowledge and ability from level 2, our Motor Vehicle Technology Level 3 course nurtures you to have a deeper understanding of the theory and technology contained within a vehicle. You will learn the required skills to perform analysis and maintenance on engines and transmission.

In addition the course covers electrical and chassis technologies all while working on cars in an environment very similar to the motor vehicle industry.

Our motor vehicle unit also has classroom facilities so that you can learn theory and apply it practically. On completion of the course, you will be able to start your career or continue your training to higher levels.

Course objectives

This course will prepare you for work in the motor vehicle industry either through an apprenticeship or further study:

  • Advance your understanding of motor vehicle technology
  • Refine your technical skills within motor vehicle technology
  • Gain ‘hands-on’ experience working with engines and car components
  • Learn from experienced technicians to support your career progression

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Introductory Diploma
2 years – Extended Diploma

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.


Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements

A recognised Level 2 qualification in Motor Vehicle Studies or similar. You will have a genuine interest in working with vehicles and in technology/mechanics.

Someone who is looking to gain employment in the motor industry at a level where they will be carrying out complex diagnostic operations and repairs.


This is a level 3 qualification and is the standardised course for assessment in service and repair. This course provides the knowledge requirements (technical certificate) for the Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship framework (for light vehicle). It is broken down into five technical sections including the four main vehicle areas designated by the National Occupational Standards developed by IMI which include:

* Chassis Technology

* Engine Technology

* Transmission Technology

* Electrical and Electronic Technology

* General Aspects e.g. health and safety, legal aspects and organisational requirements.

It offers an ideal step for those who are employed, and wish to continue with their studies, as the knowledge at level 3 meets that required by the motor industry.

The course runs on a local industrial estate where we have an industry standard workshop and classrooms with IT, presentation and classroom facilities.

Assessment and exam information

The assessment of this course is made up of two components: IMI Awards set practical tasks and IMI Awards set online testing.

Career and progression

Work experience

The work experience will be delivered over the duration of the course

Enrichment opportunities

A variety of enrichment opportunities will be available throughout the course.

Learner progression

You will be able to continue onto a level 3 course in motor vehicle studies or gain employment with the option of continuing your studies.

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment.

Fee information

Course costs

If you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you start your course, and a UK or EU resident, you won’t need to pay tuition or examination fees. Depending on your household income, you may also be able to get help towards travel, accommodation, essential equipment or childcare costs.

Additional costs

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Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan


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