Develop your practical knowledge and skills in the areas of automotive maintenance and vehicle electrical maintenance. Study areas such as; Chassis and Transmission Systems, Auxiliary Electrical System Faults and Engine Fault Diagnosis.


Meet our students Jacob Starling-Marwick

Jacob Starling-Marwick

“I joined Newbury College because I want to become a mechanic, the course really appealed to me.”

Meet our students Joe Bevan

Joe Bevan

“I’ve always been interested in joining Newbury College, working on cars is my passion. I have particularly enjoyed all the time in the motor vehicle workshop.”

Meet our students Lawrence Booker

Lawrence Booker

“I am really interested in Motor Mechanics which is why I chose Newbury College. I enjoy the working on vehicles in the workshop.”

Meet our students Phoebe Mitchell

Phoebe Mitchell

“I chose to study mechanics at Newbury College as it offers a range of practical work to take part in. I enjoy problem solving and practical subjects and my course is ideal for that. So far my favourite part has been doing an engine rebuild, where we get given an engine and have to strip and rebuild the whole thing.”

  • Description

    This course is aimed at prospective motor vehicle technicians and will introduce you to the requirements of vehicle diagnostics and repair.

    The course follows on from the Level 2 course and is focused on fault finding and diagnosis.

    It will cover the diagnosis and repair of Chassis system components, for example Braking systems and ABS, Suspension systems and steering components including electric power steering.

    You would also learn how to diagnose Engine system faults and electrical system faults.

    Part time work in the motor trade would be an advantage but not essential.

  • Entry Requirements

    Learners will need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Also, learners will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2.

    Level 2 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair or substantial practical and technical knowledge from working in the Motor Trade.

  • Qualification

    Institute for the Motor Industry Level 3 Maintenance and Repair

  • Progression

    Level 4 management qualification or an Apprenticeship programme.

  • Assessment

    Practical assessments entered into a portfolio of evidence alone with written assignments and successful completion of 5 exams will be required to gain the qualification.

  • Home Study

    Some additional work will be required to complete assignments and exam preparation.

  • Work Placement

    Work Experience will be undertaken for a minimum of one week during the course. This could be extended to up to eight weeks if suitable.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Steel toe cap boots and overalls will be required for all workshop classes. A course textbook will be required for all classroom lessons.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.