Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship

Motor Vehicle Maintenance Repair apprenticeship deals with the repair and maintenance of all types of vehicles, from mopeds to lorries. There are more than 32 million vehicles on the UK’s roads, which mean we need plenty of motor vehicle technicians to keep them roadworthy.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over
    • Working in or interested in Motor Vehicles
    • English & Maths at GCSE A – D or equivalent
    • Complete a basic skills assessment in literacy & numeracy
    • Successfully complete entry test.
  • Qualifications

    • Technical Certificate
    • NVQ Qualification
    • Functional Skills (English, maths & ICT)
    • Employer Rights & Responsibilities (ERR).
  • Typical Job Titles

    • Level 2: Light vehicle service technician, heavy vehicle service technician and auto electrical technician.
    • Level 3: Light vehicle diagnostic technician and auto electrical diagnostic technician.
  • Duration

    • Level 2: 2 years
    • Level 3: 1.8 to 2 years.
  • Level

    2 & 3

  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Hayes/ Harrow campus.

Key Responsibilities

Apprentices could work for a dealership and focus on a particular manufacturer, or work for an independent garage.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship, they’ll learn about more complex faults and how to identify and repair them using sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Vehicle repair is challenging, hands-on work – every vehicle will present a new problem to solve. They’ll also need good communication skills in order to explain everything to the customer. But they’ll feel satisfied when the job’s done and that car is back on the road.


If you complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you may be able to progress on to Level 3 apprenticeship. After completing Level 3, you may be able to go on to further training in similar areas.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training.

The core modules include:

Level 2 - Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & RepairLevel 3 - Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
Mandatory units
  • Health safety and good housekeeping
  • Supporting job roles
  • Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Light vehicle engine mechanical, lubrication and cooling system units and components
  • Light vehicle fuel, ignition, air and exhaust system units and components
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle electrical units and components
  • Removing and replacing light vehicle chassis units and components
Mandatory units
  • Health safety and good housekeeping
  • Supporting job roles
  • Materials, fabrication, tools and measuring devices
  • Diagnosing and rectifying automotive vehicle - auxiliary electrical faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle engine faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle chassis system faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle transmission and driveline faults
The learners will also learn the principles, construction and operation and testing methods of common mechanical and electrical and electronic systems and components. It also covers the procedures involved in the removal and replacement of system components and the evaluation of their performance.
  • vehicle lighting
  • auxiliary circuits
  • transmission unit
  • power unit
  • drive shafts
  • axele assemblies
  • brake assemblies
  • indicators
  • starting and charging systems
  • circuit relays
  • bulb types
  • fan and heater
  • circuit protection
  • inertia and pre-engaged starter motor
  • starter ring gear
  • pinion
  • starter solenoid
  • ignition/starter switch
  • starter relay (if appropriate)
  • clutch (pre-engaged starter motor)
Auxiliary Systems
    a function and construction of electrical components including:
  • central door locking
  • anti theft devices
  • manual locking and dead lock systems
Common modules for both apprenticeships

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Rights and responsibilities of workers (including equal opportunities legislation)
  2. Organisation, disciplines and representative structures of the industries concerned
  3. Impact on the sector of public law and policies.

Functional Skills

  • Application of Number – Level 1 or 2
  • Communication – Level 1 or 2
  • Information Communication Technology – Level 1 or 2.