Level 3 Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (light vehicle)
About this course

There are 32 million vehicles on the UKs roads, from lorries to mopeds, so it is essential we have skilled technicians to keep vehicles safe and roadworthy.

Vehicle repair is very challenging and hands-on, you will need to have good problem solving skills and be interested in doing manual work. You will also need to have strong communication skills in order to speak confidently to customers, colleagues and suppliers.

You could work for a dealership focusing on a particular vehicle manufacturer, or work for an independent garage dealing with a whole range of different vehicles and issues as well as carrying out maintenance, repairs, and identifying and reporting faults.


Watch our 2018 Apprentice Award winner Kai Aven at work 


What will I learn?

An apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance is designed for people employed in the repair and servicing sector within the automotive industry. The apprenticeship qualification consists of both knowledge and competence elements in the units below: 

  • Health & safety and good housekeeping
  • Support for job roles in the automotive work environment
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance 
  • Remove and replace engine units and components
  • Remove and replace auxiliary electrical unit and components
  • Remove and replace chassis units and components
  • Remove and replace driveline units and components
Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass Initial Assessments in Maths, English

You will also need to Pass the Motor Vehicle Aptitude Test.

You will need to secure full time employment with a garage.

Study, assessment and qualifications

An apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance will take 3 years to complete and is a day release programme. You will be required to attended college for 1 day per week during term time. 

The Competence element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio. The Knowledge element is delivered at our Wiltshire College Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, and if required, Functional Skills will also be delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme. A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance, you will be able to progress onto full time employment within the vehicle maintenance industry.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.