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Automotive Retail Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Motor Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bedford College

A motor vehicle technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. They work on all the systems found within the vehicle.

The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.

Today’s apprentice has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems. They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understand how their work shop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective, have good customer handling skills and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently.

The growing complexity of today’s vehicles, and the pressure to deliver a high-quality customer experience, requires the retail automotive sector to attract and train high calibre individuals and this is reflected in requirement of the Apprenticeship Standard.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-4, including English and maths or a Level 1 equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a number of topics, including:

  • Health, safety in the automotive environment
  • Support for job roles in the automotive environment
  • Engineering and fabrication techniques used in the automotive environment
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Engine lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Fuel, ignition, air and exhaust systems units and components
  • Electrical systems diagnosis and repair
  • Engine systems diagnosis and repair
  • Chassis systems diagnosis and repair
  • Transmission systems diagnosis and repair

Assessment methods

Your progress will be assessed via a number of methods, including practical tasks in the motor vehicle workshop and written and online exams. Your development in the workplace will be monitored and assessed by your employer. You will be required to build a logbook during the last eighteen months of your training that showcases the work you have carried out and behaviours achieved.

Completion of the apprenticeship is achieved through successfully passing the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The EPA consists of 3 distinct methods:

  • Online Knowledge Test
  • Synoptic Skills Test
  • Synoptic Professional Discussion


In addition to completing the Apprenticeship Standard you will also achieve:

  • IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles Level 2 Diploma
  • IMI Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles Level 3 Diploma
  • IMI Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling Level 3 (EC842-2006)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths if required

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress on to a Level 4 Motor Vehicle programme, in order to work towards a degree-level qualification. 

Future careers: You could progress into a range of jobs including master technician, workshop controller, service adviser or service manager.

Additional information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be used at work and in College workshops.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
3 years Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs.
19+? Ring 01234 291000
Vehicle Technology Centre D1654

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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