Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair - Level 3 (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Automotive

School Engineering

Attendance Full-Time


This Programme of Study covers the technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry.

It provides essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots.

The Functional skills involved are those core elements of English, Mathematics that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work in the Automotive Industry

This Programme of Study has been designed to prepare the Candidate for Employment within the Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Industry.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 36 Weeks
Venue: Motor Vehicle Centre, Invincible Drive

Who the course is for

  • Those who choose a vocational route for their development
  • Those not in full-time or part-time further education
  • Those seeking employment, who do not have access to a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)


Qualification Gained

On successful completion of their Programme of Study candidates will have achieved the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in vehicle maintenance and repair.
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English.


How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

This is a Programme of Study which involves students studying both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

  • Light vehicle safety inspection.
  • Diagnostic principles of Light Vehicle Engines, Tyres, Brakes, Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Diagnostic Principles and Maintenance of Light Vehicle Transmission Systems and Electrical and Electronic Systems.

Students also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Learning Methods

The candidates will learn by both theoretical underpinning sessions that are classroom based and by undertaking a set of practical tasks that will be assessed in our well-equipped workshops.

Assessment Methods

The student’s knowledge is assessed by practical assessments in an automotive workshop environment and by ‘on-line’ multiple-choice testing.


Progression Opportunities

By completing this qualification, candidates could gain employment in the maintenance and repair industry.

Career Opportunities

By completing this qualification, candidates could gain employment in the maintenance and repair industry.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will be expected to have completed a level 2 programme.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

  • Stationery
  • PPE

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.