Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2/3

The Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair is a practical and engaging study programme designed to motivate and support learners to gain key knowledge and skills required by vehicle maintenance employers, specialising in Light Vehicles. With mandatory requirement for employer engagement, learners get the opportunity to experience the real workplace environment. Practical skills and knowledge are delivered by demonstration and practical assignments in the workshop. Theoretical knowledge is delivered by classroom tuition, guided assignments, Information Learning Technology (ILT), and personal study.

The Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 has been designed to enhance the students’ vehicle service and repair skills, knowledge and understanding to level 2. This Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) is ideal for school and college learners aged 16-19, as well as 19+ learners wishing to enter into the Vehicle Maintenance sector of the Automotive Industry. Learners with a keen interest in vehicle maintenance will have the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills. This programme will provide continued theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by potential vehicle technicians. Students successfully completing all units of study will have mastered the intermediate mechanical skills needed for work on various vehicle systems and have an understanding of the related technology.

The Level 3 programme has been designed for learners wishing to progress further into the Vehicle Maintenance sector of the Automotive Industry. Learners will gain the specialist skills and knowledge required to kick start their technical career. The course will provide a continuation of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by potential vehicle technicians that were gained at Level 2.

In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.

National Skills Level 3 Offer

From April 2021, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee gives adult learners (who will be studying for their first full Level 3 qualification) the opportunity to study a fully-funded course. It is part of the government’s National Skills Fund to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment, and to improve their job prospects.

Level 3 of this course offered at Colchester Institute is included in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

Do I have to pay a fee?

Level 3 will be free if you meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If these do not apply, you may need to pay a fee, and the fee is located further down the course information page. You can apply for a loan to cover all of your tuition fees.

As there is no direct entry onto Level 3 for this course you will need to enrol on a lower level to be able to progress to Level 3. Depending on your circumstances you may also be eligible for free training at Level 2 or below.

If you are aged over 19 and have studied this course at Level 2 with us previously (or at another training provider) and would like to enrol directly onto level 3 please contact our Admissions Department, where candidates will be assessed on an individual basis prior to application.

Level 3 of this course will be free:

  • If you are aged 19+ and enrolling on a full level 3 course and you do not already have a qualification at this level*.

* This means that you have not previously attained a full level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at level 3, or a level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are now open!***

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ button located further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular October Open Events are also open.

October Open Events

Course Content

Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2 units may include:

  • Engine and Systems Technology and Workshop
  • Chassis Systems Technology and Workshop
  • Electrical Systems Technology and Workshop
  • Employability
  • English and Maths

Vehicle Service and Repair Level 3

For this qualification, learners must complete:

  • Online Assessments – Each mandatory group has an online assessment. Optional and additional units chosen may also require online assessment to be taken.
  • Core Unit (synoptic assessment) – This assessment is achieved through completion of unit Group B. It assesses both skills and knowledge obtained from Mandatory units.
  • Portfoilio of evidence – This is required to prove learning outcomes are achieved through practical and tasks performed. IMI provide sample support material of practical and written tasks for optional use.
Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 1 qualification
  • An interview.

Level 3: Satisfactory results in Level 2 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, or Vehicle Inspection, and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

Level 2: A career in the motor vehicle industry, generally at either craft or technician level. Upon achieving this qualification, learners can progress onto further training and education in automotive and engineering subjects including progression onto an Apprenticeship, or continued part-time vocational study to level 3.

Level 3: Upon achieving this qualification, learners can progress onto further training and education in automotive and engineering subjects (including apprenticeships) or to a job role in the vehicle maintenance sector.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2/3
Course Outline: designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of vehicle service and repair skills,
LevelLevel 2
Level 3
DurationThree Years
Year 1: Level 2
Year 2: Level 2
Year 3: Level 3
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Year 1: £1,449
19+: Year 2: £2,869
19+: Year 3: £5,421*
*This course will be free to any adult meeting the eligibility criteria under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee


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