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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light) Apprenticeship Level 3


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle

Level: 3

Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

36 months – additional time may be required to complete your independent End–Point assessment. You must have a contract of employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship programme.


This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship and is equivalent to A–Levels. Please note you will be working to A–Level standard for Maths and Science.

You may choose to progress onto a Higher/Degree Level Apprenticeships, you could also apply for full–time study at university.

Who is it for

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting–vacancies

A Motor Vehicle Technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. You will work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. To become a Motor Vehicle Apprentice you will need a good attitude and good manual and practical skills. You will need to have good communication skills and also have a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre–interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an initial assessment for English and Maths. You may also be required to complete an aptitude test based on your current skills.

We strongly recommend all candidates also complete a minimum of 2 weeks of work experience with their employer before the start of the Apprenticeship to ensure the organisation meets your needs.

What will I need

Individual employers will set their selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on your current skills.

This course is a hands on approach to learning so you will need to have a passion and drive for motor vehicle engineering as well as the ability to perform academically at A Level standard for Maths, English and Science.

You will also require a suitably supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you do not have an employer already you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer before to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs. You need to be prepared to get your hands dirty.

What is covered

This Apprenticeship covers practical skills and knowledge you would need to work in the motor vehicle maintenance and repair sector.

You will develop the following knowledge and understanding:
• How vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements, including health and safety law and environmental procedures
• The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective, business targets, the systems and processes that make up the efficient running of a business
• 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 geometrics; 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 implication and legal requirements 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

As an Apprentice you will develop the following skills and will be able to:
• Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop
• Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of others in the workshop and minimise the risk of injury and vehicle damage
• Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle
• Obtain diagnostic and repair information
• Interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring diagrams to determine system 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
• Adhere to business processes and complete documentation following workplace procedures
• Use ICT to create emails, word–process documents and carry out web based searches
• Complete a range of service and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer

As an Apprentice you will be expected to demonstrate the following behaviours:
• Take responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don't go to plan
• Operate as an effective team member
• Behave in accordance with the values of the company and treat colleagues and customer with respect and courtesy
• Build effective relationships with colleagues and customers
• Gain trust and pay attention to colleagues and customers concerns and needs
• Communicate effectively on a range of topics and with all sorts of different people
• Deliver excellent results and achieve challenging goals
• Contribute to problem solving discussions and enjoy finding solutions to own and other people problems
• Suggest ways to make the business more efficient and contribute to its commercial growth
• Constantly learn in order to improve own performance and that of the business
• Share knowledge and skills
• Demonstrate a passion for engineering

As an Apprentice, you will be expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of your ongoing 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace, however, you may be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One–file.

Please note you may also be asked to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

How is the course assessed

As well as being assessed continually throughout your Apprenticeship course, all Apprentices are required to complete an End–point Assessment in order to complete their qualification.

The EPA is conducted independently to your employer and Peterborough Regional College and is designed to test whether you have gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outline in the Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light) Apprenticeship Standard. You will be graded according to your individual performance.

Throughout the duration of your Apprenticeship you will complete a number of assessments and at least 18 months of a log book. You will also be required to gain a F–Gas certificate. Only when all these requirements have been achieved can your assessor and employer agree to put your forward for the 'Gateway'. This gateway allows you to focus on and prepare for your EPA in order to complete your Apprenticeship. During this time your employer will be expected to support you to prepare for your EPA through regular training.

The End–point assessment (EPA) will include 3 individual activities, all activities must be completed to pass the EPA.
1) Online Knowledge Examinations
2) Synoptic Skills Test
3) Synoptic Professional Discussion

Results of these activities will contribute to an overall grade of Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Throughout the Apprenticeship it is your responsibility with the help from your employer, assessor and college tutors to ensure you are ready for your final independent EPA.

Assessors will provide more information about the EPA at the Apprenticeship Sign Up.

What can this course lead to

Successful learners can continue to work within the motor industry and gain promotion or learners could progress onto university or a higher level/degree Apprenticeship.

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech).

On completion of the standard the Engineering Technician will be eligible to apply
for registration as an Engineering Technician with a relevant professional body.
On completion and achievement of the standard, candidates will have the
opportunity to progress to Master Technician, management or to develop in their current role.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase a uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A motor vehicle Apprentice could expect to work within garage setting, working with customers and possible be on call to assist broken down vehicles. Your working environment can be noisy and dirty. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week including evenings and weekends this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Average salaries for qualified motor vehicle Apprentices vary between £18,000 and £21,000.

The course is a combination of academic knowledge – you will be working to A–Level standard for Maths, English and Science, and valuable hands on experience. If you are considering a pathway to university this course would be a suitable stepping stone however it would also allow you to build your understanding from the shop floor which is invaluable for many employers.

As an employed status Apprentice you will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this. Please note you must be a paid employee of the business, you cannot be self–employed or a volunteer.
• Have a contract of employment – this must be given to you at the start of your employment.
• Get paid holidays – these will be detailed in your contract of employment.
• Receive training – it is crucial to the success of your Apprenticeship that your employer supports you with regular training. The Apprenticeship standard states you must complete a minimum of 20% off–the–job training which can also include training at Peterborough Regional College and training within the workplace. You will also be expected to build a portfolio and complete tasks on One–file and Google Classrooms.
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