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Entry Requirements

A Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification and Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths and English Language

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Full time


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1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Gain experience and work on real customers’ cars in our Regional Automotive Technology Hub, a working garage environment with MOT testing facility
  • Learn directly from experienced tutors who have a wealth of industry knowledge and experience
  • Learn the latest industry technologies by working on both hybrid and electric cars
  • Take part in work placements with some of the biggest names such as Bowker BMW, Simpsons Skoda and Chorley Nissan to put your knowledge into practice

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  • Overview

    Maintenance and Repair Specialist (IMI) Level 3 will provide you with the essential knowledge needed to someday be a successful mechanic working within a motor vehicle garage, dealership or within bespoke vehicle production.

    You will study in our world-class £5.5m Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH), which was developed collaboratively with leading car manufacturers. Look forward to state-of-the-art workshops that look and feel just like industry. 

    The Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) is also a commercial garage and dealership, offering MOT testing and the opportunity to work on real customers' cars.

    Within our world-class facilities, you will get to work on everything from Formula One parts to electric and hybrid vehicles, enabling you to develop a set of skills that are future proof.

    We work with a broad range of high-profile partners, including Chorley Nissan, Simpsons Skoda and Bowker BMW to provide you with a number of exciting opportunities. These range from work placements to career-boosting workshops. The skills you gain during an industry work placement will make you an attractive candidate to any future employer.

    We've also taken our students on some really exciting trips in the past, including Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, National Transport Museum, Prestige Karting, Autosport International at Birmingham NEC and Track Day at Three Sisters Race Course.

  • What will I study?

    This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in today’s motor vehicle industry. Here is just a small snapshot of the types of things you will learn:

    • Steering and suspension.
    • Fuel and exhaust systems.
    • Electronic ignition and engine management systems.
    • Skills in dealing with customer needs.
    • Fault finding techniques.

    Maintenance and Repair Specialist Level 3 is delivered through a combination of classroom and workshop activities, taught by passionate tutors who are experts within their field.

  • Entry Requirements

    In order to study this qualification you will need a Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification and Grade 4 or higher in GCSE Maths and English Language. Should you not have these qualifications you will be able to enrol on a Level 2 Motor Vehicle qualification at Blackburn College.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a combination of workshop (practical), online and written assessments.

  • What can I do next?

    After successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress into industry, an Apprenticeship or to university to continue your studies.

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