Maintenance and Repair Specialist (IMI) Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: TM310
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Validated by: The Institute of the Motor Industry
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 3 Light Vehicle qualification covers the technical needs for todays motor vehicle repair industry, including the diagnosis of complex system faults and advanced systems operation. It provides the essential knowledge for service technicians working on light vehicles (cars and vans) in all types of garages, dealerships and maintenance depots. You will study in our brand new £5.5 million Regional Automotive Technology Hub. The workshops incorporate a real life garage environment and MOT station where you will work with up-to-date professional equipment on a range of modern vehicles. We have strong links with North West dealerships, including Nissan, Skoda, VW Audi and BMW.

What will I study?

You will study the theory and practical aspects of diagnosing and rectifying:

  • Engine and component faults
  • Chassis system faults
  • Auxiliary equipment electrical faults

You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage. Your time will be divided between practical workshop sessions and classroom sessions to provide the supporting theory.


Entry Requirements

You will need a relevant Level 2 qualification.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the IMI set practical assessments in the workshop, IMI set on-line multiple choice testing and assessments set by us.

What can I do next?

Through this course you will learn many useful skills for the motor industry. Most of our students take up positions within the trade. However, a Level 3 qualification is equivalent to A-Level study and progression to university is possible.

Your Study Programme

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You will study in the new state-of-the-art £5.5 million Regional Automotive Technology Hub, with specialist workshops and a real life MOT lane. You will also benefit from the college cafeterias, and the library and resource centre, providing you with over 60 computers and 45,000 books, as well as free WiFi across the campus.

Enrichment & Employability

The college is working closely with local, regional and national partners such as the IMI (the Institute of Motor Industries), Chorley Nissan, BMW Bowker Group, Simpson Skoda, Blackburn Audi and Toyota to ensure that our new facilities and teaching delivers the skills industry wants and need for the 21st century. Many of our industry partners offer work placements and Master Technicians visit the college regularly to offer workshops and presentations about working in the industry, providing our students with advice and tips for succeeding in the automotive industry. We are also proud to be using the best Snap-On and Bosch equipment around!


Want to turn a love of motoring into a career? You will be joining one of the largest providers of motor vehicle study in the region, and last year, 95% of our students succeeded!

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