Vehicle Technology (L3 Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma)

Course Overview

This one/two year course is designed to give you a technical and academic background to access a wide range of careers and to progress onto university.

Within the course, you will study the more complex principles of engineering systems used in motor vehicle technology and carry out repair and diagnostic activities on the associated components. 

The course also gives you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare you for employment.

Mandatory units:

  • Operation of Vehicle Chassis Systems
  • Vehicle Engine Principles, Operation, Service and Repair 
  • Vehicle Fault Diagnosis and Rectification
  • Vehicle Technology Project

Optional units:

  • Applications of Vehicle Science and Mathematics                                   
  • Vehicle Electrical Charging and Starting Systems
  • Function and Operation of Vehicle Petrol Injection Systems
  • Diesel Fuel Systems for Compression Ignition Engines
  • Operation and Testing of Vehicle Electronic Ignition Systems
  • Light Vehicle Transmission Systems
  • Operation of Light Vehicle Suspension, Steering and Braking Systems

Additional studies

  • Engineering Skills project support 
  • Essential Skills Wales - digital literacy skills

Updated November 2019

Entry Requirements

Applicants may have successfully completed a motor vehicle intermediate level programme and / or achieved appropriate GCSEs at grade C profile inluding mathematics, English and science. Progression from other intermediate level courses will also be considered. 

Course Delivery

Underpinning knowledge for each unit is given via a classroom based mode of delivery where you are encouraged to participate in a range of learner centered activities. Delivery is supported through practical demonstrations and realistic working tasks, where the emphasis is on you demonstrating the required skills. 

Learners are mainly assessed through the use of assignment development which are frequently supported by documented practical activities including the participation in a team centered project development activity.

Progression Opportunities

Higher education programmes in universities (typically the HND/BSc in Automotive and Motor Sport Applications) and then ultimately into employment at technician level in these related sectors and wider industries.

Alternatively progression may be direct into employment where learners can then complete the associated Apprenticeship framework in Motor Vehicle Repair and Maintenance.

Explore some of the careers you could pursue on completion of this course, and their related salaries.

Additional Information

The following items are essential equipment for completion of the course:

  • Overalls and steel toe cap boots conforming to EN345-1 safety standards
  • Assorted stationary
  • Hillers Fundamentals of Motor Vehicle Technology Book 1 (ISBN = 978 1 4085 15181)
  • Hilliers Fundamentals of Automotive Electronics Book 2 Sixth Edition (ISBN 978 1 4085 1537 2)
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