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

Course Code: 140YASME

This apprenticeship is aimed at individuals who have a basic understanding of light vehicle maintenance and repair, who want to progress and expand that knowledge further.

This apprenticeship will focus on light vehicle diagnostic processes, fault finding and equipment including industry specific units, such as:
•    diagnose and rectify light vehicle engine systems and component faults
•    diagnose and rectify light vehicle transmission and drive-line system faults
•    diagnose and rectify light vehicle chassis system faults
•    inspecting light vehicles using prescribed methods.



  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

      Please contact us for further information

This apprenticeship is aimed at individuals who have a basic understanding of light vehicle maintenance and repair and want to progress and expand that knowledge further. This programme of study is ideal for mechanics looking to gain qualifications and experience while working in an active garage. Day-to-day responsibilities for a motor vehicle service and maintenance technician are the servicing and repairs of light vehicles, such as cars and vans; they work either in dealerships which focus on a particular manufacturer, or in an independent garages dealing with many different makes of vehicles. The growing complexity of today’s vehicles, and the pressure to deliver high-quality customer experience, requires the retail automotive sector to attract and train individuals with both technical and customer service abilities and this course is designed to train apprentices who are prepared for that.

Apprentices must have access to real work that is valid and productive, providing opportunities to develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills that have been learned. An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It is also an opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’. This Level 3 Intermediate Light Vehicle and Maintenance Apprenticeship will be flexible and hands on so that you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this exciting and expanding sector. As well as gaining technical abilities and practical experience, you will develop the functional and personal skills required for the job you are undertaking and for your future career.

The employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentices working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment.
Apprentices will attend college at Highbury Campus. College attendance is one day a week on a Thursday.

It is a government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards yours off-the-job learning. Off-the-job learning can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more info can be shared).
As well as working on their the college Diploma, apprentices build a portfolio of work and workplace assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange onsite visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for apprentices to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. Learning in college will be delivered through a mixture of classes, work-related activities and independent study and research. The apprentice’s final grade will be determined by collective performance in the three assessments in the endpoint assessment.

To achieve a pass the apprentice will need to score 65% in each of the three endpoint assessments:
•    Online Knowledge Based Tests
•    Skills Test (Knowledge and Behaviours are Observed)
•    Professional Discussion (Apprentice to demonstrate that they can apply the broad range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours in the Standard.).
You will achieve an Level 3 NVQ in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and a Technical Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
In order to join this programme, apprentices will need a maths & English GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 and provide certificates.

If you do not have the required GCSE / Functional Skills grades or cannot provide certificates, you will have to complete a maths & English assessment to judge suitability. Potential apprentices will not be able to achieve their apprenticeship without completing the above maths & English qualification.
Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you are able to go into full-time employment within the industry. Past apprentices have gone on to be promoted in their company to roles with more responsibility and within a short period of time have gone on to become managers and even company directors. It is also possible to continue your training via the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) should you wish to specialise or advance your knowledge further.

Fee guidance


One of the great aspects of an apprenticeship is that no matter how old you are there are no fees for you to pay, all the fees are either covered by the Government or your Employer. Feel free to call a member of the Apprenticeship team on 023932 383131 Option 1.

General fee guidance (not including Apprenticeships)


  • 19+ Tuition Fee indicates the cost of the core tuition and materials required to complete the qualification.
  • 19+ Registration Fee indicates the cost to register with the awarding body.

For more information, please contact the College on 02392 383 131.

Courses below Level 3

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are unemployed and in receipt of certain government benefits
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are applying for a course Level 2 or below and do not already hold a full Level 2 qualification

If you are aged 19 over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are not in the above categories then you will usually pay the advertised fee.

Courses Level 3 and above

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and do not already hold a Full level 3 qualification

Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re 19 or older, you may be able to apply for a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course. The programme must be at Level 3 or Level 4 (such as Access). You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295 a year.

For more information or to apply please contact 0845 240 2024 or visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

If you’re unsure about taking out a loan and want to seek advice then you’ll have the opportunity to do so. If you want advice on managing your finances, the Money Advice Service, established by the UK government, can offer free, impartial money advice. Visit their website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Students who are not ordinarily resident in the UK should contact Highbury College to discuss unfunded fees.

Please note: The College reserves the right to change the fees before the start of the course, such a course of action will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Terms and conditions


In these terms and conditions, the ‘Student’ signifies a person who has applied or enrolled on any type of learning provision offered through Highbury College. These terms apply to all website applications and once enrolled, the Student is deemed to have accepted these terms. Before you apply or enrol please be sure that you're clear about:

  • the level of study
  • the time you'll need
  • how the course fits into your qualification and career development plans
  • the resources you'll need access to
  • your payment options
  • the financial support available to you
  • the English language requirements for your study
  • whether your study plans are appropriate for your country of residence


Relevant proceedings or ciminal convictions are only against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature or offences involving unlawfully controlled drugs or substances.  Failure to declare information may result in disclipinary action being taken. If yes, please seek supplementary information from the college before completing.


You may not be required to pay fees, be eligible for a loan or have financial assistance. For more information please contact our Information Services team on 02392 383131 or click here.

Equality and Diversity

At Highbury College we are committed to fairness and equality of access, opportunity and outcome for all students.

We expect everyone who learns and works with us to treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of individual differences in age, gender, gender identity, race, background, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

We aim to provide students with the best possible support. We explain more about the range of our services in our Disability Statement, available on our website and in our centres.

Disclosure of Disability

We want you to enjoy learning with us. If there is anything you wish to tell us, e.g. relating to a disability or medical condition, that may affect your learning or using any of our facilities, please contact the Head of Student Services on 02392 32 8950

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Course Fees

Current prices are published in our brochure and on the website. These prices are subject to change. The total price quoted is the amount payable in order to secure a course place. The total price includes tuition costs, examination fees, where applicable and in some cases, additional costs which relate to the particular course.

Course Cancellations by Highbury College

Courses usually run as advertised, but Highbury College reserves the right to alter or cancel courses in some cases. Students will be contacted and offered an alternative course if the original course they enrolled on is cancelled or closed by Highbury College. If no suitable alternative is available a refund can be requested.

Cancellation / Transfer Requests from Students

If a Student has enrolled via the Highbury website and wishes to cancel an enrolment or transfer to a different course they should contact Highbury College by emailing: info@highbury.ac.uk or by contacting the Advice and Guidance Team on 02392 38 3131 Option4.

Students will not be entitled to a refund unless the withdrawal from the course is due to exceptional circumstances (evidence maybe required) and then refunds will only be permitted if the withdrawal is within the first third of the course duration. A minimum charge of £50.00 will apply in any event.

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  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

      Please contact us for further information

Qualification gained

  • Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)