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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence

Course Code: LVMR3

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: IMI
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three months
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Are you looking for an IMIAL course in vehicle maintenance and repair? City College Plymouth offers this nationally-recognised vocational qualification that demonstrates, to a national standard, competency in the maintenance and repair of vehicles. It is practically-based and skills are assessed in the workplace across a range of tasks. You are completing a technical automotive retail VCQ. It recognises the competence, skills, knowledge and understanding you require when working in the automotive retail sector. This IMIAL approved training also provides you with the opportunity to gain a qualification in the workplace that relates to your role and promotes good working practice.

What you'll learn

You will be required to demonstrate all of the evidence requirements, learning outcomes, assessment criteria through workplace evidence. Level 3 reflects the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills and procedures to complete well-defined tasks and address straightforward problems. It includes taking responsibility for completing tasks and procedures and exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters. It also reflects awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.In order to demonstrate your competence, you will be assessed by providing evidence for your VCQ (which are based on National Occupational Standards).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are assessed on an individual basis. Selection criteria for entry will take into account your existing academic/vocational qualifications and experience, and interest in working in the retail automotive industry. Although not mandatory, it is recommended that you have three GCSEs in maths, English and a science-based subject. Applicants must be in employment in a garage.


The knowledge component of this qualification is independently assessed via online testing. The tests are mapped to each knowledge unit’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria to ensure coverage. These tests are marked electronically by IMI Awards.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

  • another level 3 engineering course at the College
  • an advanced Apprenticeship in light vehicle repair
  • employment in the industry as, for example, a trainee technician.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.