Motor Vehicle Maintenance Advanced (Level 3)
Offered through the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), this programme is a continuation from the Motor Vehicle Maintenance IMI Level 2 Diploma combining classroom based theory with practical diagnostics and advanced repair procedures.
I’ve been interested in cars since the age of 12 when I used to work on a friend’s hot rod. Bedford College was an obvious choice for me because it’s local and has great motor facilities at its Vehicle Technology Centre in Kempston.
I enjoyed the practical work more than the theory, particularly learning how to operate the different paint systems properly and efficiently, as well as learning the best ways to do filler work and welding. I also enjoyed working on some of the different cars the College had such as the Mitsubishi rally car.
I found the atmosphere at College much more mature than school and the teachers were very supportive. I have learning difficulties, but this wasn’t an issue as the teachers were happy to repeat things or demonstrate techniques in a visual way as this is my preferred learning style. It also helped that we always worked in small groups.
The course definitely prepared me for work, particularly the practical skills such as what tools you need to use for which job and how to use them properly. Overall it was a very good experience for me.
Sian - Motor Vehicle Level 3
To begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 1 Year
- IMI Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills/GCSEs in English and maths at the appropriate level.
- Subject units:
Advanced diagnostics in...
- Engines, including lubrication systems, cooling systems and engine management systems
- Electrics, including Can Bus, flex ray and fibre optics systems
- Chassis units including ABS, ESP, advanced suspension and steering systems
- Transmission including clutches, manual and automatic gearboxes, final drive units and differentials
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
- You will also be given the opportunity to go on industry related trips.
Assessment will take the form of practical assessments, written assignments and online exams where the candidate will have to demonstrate a sound knowledge of vehicle systems and diagnosis procedures.
IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 3 Diploma
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
Further study and career options
On successful completion of the study programme you can progress on to an Apprenticeship, or into employment in the motor vehicle sector as a trainee technician, higher education is also accessible via a Foundation Degree in Automotive Engineering or Motorsports.
To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of approximately £24 for required clothing/uniform, and £10 for any trips/visits that take place.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.