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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Course code: XMZU000P

Subject area: Auto Care & Motor Vehicle

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2023 - 31st Jul 2024

Course location:

Off Site

Contact details


01235 216 216

A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and will work in either a dealership or an independent garage.
A motor vehicle service and maintenance apprentice will learn how to work on all the systems found within the vehicle, from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.


18 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

Work-based training with your employer

Day release during term time (approximately 1 day a week for 18 months)

Approximately 8-12 on-site assessment visits during the practical training period

Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications include:

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling (F-Gas)

What next?
This standard has been designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions and successful apprentices can apply for the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech)
Entry criteria
Applicants are likely to have 4 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including maths and English and have completed a Level 2 motor vehicle qualification. They will be able to demonstrate analytical and mechanical skills, a capacity for mechanical reasoning and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems, as well as the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £16,000 funding band. Some small companies will need to make a contribution of £800; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications include:

• Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigerant Handling (F-Gas)

Learning & method assessment
What will apprentices learn?

How vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements

The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective

How to develop positive working relationships and communicate effectively and how to carry out self-evaluation and improve own performance

The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop

Routine servicing and inspection procedures

Steering and suspension geometries; electrical circuit requirements and calculations

Construction and operation of vehicle components and systems

Common fault types, causes and effects of different types of faults

The implications of fitting accessories and carrying out vehicle modifications

How to diagnose faults using suitable fault-finding strategies

Construction and operation of advanced electrical, braking and suspension systems, engine and transmission systems and engine and gear calculations

Vehicle emissions and legal requirements

Alternative fuels and hybrid and electric systems.

User skills
Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.

Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of others

Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures.

Obtain diagnostic and repair information

Interpret diagnostic information and use wiring diagrams to determine serviceability.

Use a range of diagnostic equipment.

Follow recognised diagnostic procedures, logical diagnostic sequence and apply advanced diagnostic principles and problem-solving techniques to establish faults.

Report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions.

Follow recognised repair procedures to complete a wide range of repairs including those which involve complex procedures, or in-depth knowledge.

Test the function of repaired and fitted components.

Complete documentation following workplace procedures.

Use ICT to create emails, word-process documents and carry out web-based searches.