Level 3 IMI Diploma

Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Accelerate your career in the automotive service industry with this technician level course. Building on your training at Level 2, this will appeal especially to the aspiring automotive technician.

You’ll be ‘hands on’ in our workshops advancing your skills in more complex chassis and engine repair work. You’ll also learn vital workplace health and safety practices and have customer service training, preparing you for employment.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Essential working practices and customer care
  • Vehicle systems
  • Vehicle electrics
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Vehicle science and maths
  • Engine technology and diagnostics
  • Ignition systems
  • Petrol fuelling systems
  • Diesel fuelling systems
  • Transmission systems
  • Steering, braking and suspension
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Technical service engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Self employed engineer
  • Overseas development
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Steven Radcliffe

Ambition: Master technician/garage owner

School: Eaton Bank Academy

Age: 27

Technically minded Steven looked to Reaseheath to turn his love for cars into a new career.

Previously a restaurant manager, Steven’s found studying on both our Level 2 and 3 Diplomas has given him the skills and confidence to pursue his dream of running his own garage.

Having excelled in his studies, Steven’s now been offered a job in as an Instructor in our motor vehicle department.

He says: “The course has been the ideal stepping stone into the industry. I’ve gained so many industry contacts and learnt so much from our dedicated tutors.”