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This apprenticeship is ideal for those apprentices who have just completed Level 2 and would like to now further their knowledge and skill set within the motor vehicle industry. Employers are looking for highly motivated, highly skilled and fully qualified Motor Technicians. Completing Level 3 gives the apprentice all the requirements to move onto the MOT Inspector role after undertaking a further course. As an advanced apprentice, you will further develop on your knowledge and start to enhance your diagnostic skills. As you develop your diagnostic skills and repair knowledge, you will be constantly assessed by your employer and Work Based Assessor and will keep a logbook that will record all your soft skills, your professional development and behaviour.

Typical Job Roles

A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans.  They work either in dealerships which focus on a particular manufacturer or in an independent garage which deals with many different makes of vehicles. Day-to-day work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.  The tasks faced are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.

Entry Requirements

Before starting the apprenticeship, you must be employed in the relevant area for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance or equivalent. Candidates should have four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or higher which should ideally include Maths and English or the minimum of Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English.


Level 3 Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship
VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles
Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths
Functional Skills Level 2 in English

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.

End Point Assessment Information

The apprentice must be competent and have covered all the criteria to be deemed ready for End Point Assessment (EPA) and must achieve passes in all Functional Skills for their level qualification prior to EPA.  (Apprentices are exempt from Functional Skills in Maths and English if they have previously gained a Grade C/4 or higher at GCSE Maths and English). The EPA components include: 

  • Structured interview
  • Practical and theory tests away from the place of learning which includes: 
  • Online test
  • Professional discussion
  • Skills test

Method(s) of delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release for two years of the apprenticeship and spend the final year at work. At College they will learn the knowledge required to attain the apprenticeship and the Work Based Assessor will visit the workplace to carry out reviews and practical observations in conjunction with the employer.

Entry criteria

Before starting the apprenticeship you must be employed by someone in the relevant area you want to work in and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours. You will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance or equivalent and ideally candidates should have 3 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or higher which should include Maths and English or the minimum of Level 1 Functional skills in Maths & English.


3 years.

What next?

Diagnostic Technician, MOT Inspector, full time work.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368

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