Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Motor Vehicle Maintenance - Level 3 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0107-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: VRQ Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Level 3 Awarding Body: VRQ

Course aims

Brighton MET's motor vehicle department is one of the highest achieving in the country. If you're interested in how cars work and would like a career as a mechanic, the College offers a friendly, supportive and highly professional environment, with a range of courses that cover the technical needs of today's motor vehicle repair industry.

This Level 3 course follows on from the Level 2 qualification and goes further into the skills, techniques and knowledge required to work in the motor vehicle repair industry.

Entry requirements

Level 2 Diploma and minimum Level 2 functional skills in English and maths, or minimum 18 months motor vehicle trade experience.

Start at Level 1 if you have at least 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths. 

Start at Foundation Level if you do not have the above grades (your application will be reviewed).

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Vehicle diagnostics using specialist equipment
  • Advanced electronics 
  • Engines, SI and CI
  • Advanced Chassis 
  • Transmissions, manual, Auto, CVT, DSG, clutch systems

Why the MET?

The course is based at our state-of-the art 446-square-metre motor vehicle workshop with high-tech tools, facilities and a large 11-car workshop.

Benefit from the latest diagnostic MOT-standard equipment and access to a full engineering workshop.

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • State-of-the art 446-square-metre motor vehicle workshop
  • High-tech tools and facilities including the latest diagnostic equipment
  • A full engineering workshop
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
Facilities at Brighton MET
  • Assessment

    External online exams and practical portfolio

Work Experience

Our Motor Vehicle department is well known to the motor trade business community in the city. The College has been the city’s biggest provider of trained mechanics since 1946. All students will have the opportunity to undertake 30 hours minimum of work experience, which will provide invaluable links with local employers. This has led to employment for a number of our students.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

After this course you may wish to enter employment in the motor vehicle workplace or move onto further study.

90% of students go on to further study or full-time employment. A number of our students gain employment through our work experience programme at the end of their studies.

With sufficient grades or with additional Level 3 or maths qualifications, you may be able to progress to university level courses such as the Foundation Degree in Motorsport Engineering at Northbrook MET.

The qualifications you gain at the MET will help provide entry into a range of employment opportunities with independent or franchised dealerships and repairers, or in roles such as diagnostic technician and MOT tester.

Additional costs

You will need to purchase some specialist equipment and resources for this course. The cost will vary from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Some financial help may be available through our bursary team.

Additional costs
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Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Vehicle technician, mechanic or electrician

Typical Tasks:

  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -3.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,244

AVERAGE £23,537

POTENTIAL £33,774

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Science

Vehicle body builder or repairer

Typical Tasks:

  • Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.
  • Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
  • Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
  • Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
  • Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
  • Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -2.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,386

AVERAGE £21,528

POTENTIAL £30,771

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Science
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