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Motortech (Vehicle Maintenance and Repair)

Course Code: VMR3

Level: 3
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

Turbocharge your career in the automotive industry by expanding your skillset and improving your knowledge of more complex maintenance and repair systems.

This course will perfectly build upon the knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired by studying the level 2 qualification and will see you undertaking more diagnostic work, getting to grips to vehicle electronics, and help you to become more confident with even the most intricate of engine repair work.

As part of this course, you will complete a research project covering operation and diagnosis of systems, which will allow you to improve your problem-solving skills, showing future employers your ability to work using your own initiative.

What you'll learn

This course will look at some of the following areas:

  • advanced chassis systems
  • engine systems and electrics
  • fault diagnosis
  • engine diagnostics
  • ignition systems
  • petrol and diesel fuelling systems
  • advanced transmission systems
  • steering, braking and suspension
  • essential working practices and customer care.

You will also become confident using a variety of diagnostic equipment such as fault code readers/scanners, oscilloscopes, as well as general diagnostic equipment.

Entry requirements

You will need to have GCSEs at grade 3 (D) in English and maths, and a level 2 diploma.


You will be assessed through a variety of practical tasks and assessments, and online and paper exams.

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.

If you do go into employment you could complete the NVQ element of this diploma, adding value to your qualification.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: VMR3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £4900

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.