Level 3 Certificate Automotive Industry

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £2583, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will prepare you with an advanced practical and theoretical understanding of the automotive industry. Completion of the course will enable learners to progress into employment or further study.

You will develop an awareness of the different materials and systems involved in the automotive industry. You will learn more about the different types of business available, and how to run a successful motor vehicle workshop.


This course aims to provide you with a practical and theoretical understanding of various aspects of the automotive industry, including:
  • The sectors the automotive industry consists of, the different types of business available and how to best run a motor vehicle workshop.
  • The materials that are used in the construction of a vehicle, their properties and the joining methods used during vehicle manufacture.
  • The construction and operation of engine, transmission and chassis systems and their components.
  • The reasons for different types of systems and components and how each of them operates.
  • The electrical and electronic systems that can be found in a vehicle, how they operate and how to diagnose and rectify faults within these systems.
  • How to carry out vehicle inspections and follow servicing procedures safely.
  • How technology can be used to improve vehicle design, safety and driving experience via innovation.


You will study the following modules:
  • Properties and Applications of Materials in the Automotive Industry
  • Automotive Servicing and Inspection Operations
  • Automotive Business Workshop Practices
  • Automotive Mechanical Systems
  • Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Automotive Technology and Future Innovation
  • Employer Involvement.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete an initial assessment to identify any specific learning or training needs, or whether support and guidance is necessary.

There are two methods of assessment used within the qualification;
  1. A computer-based online test designed to assess the depth and breadth of your understanding across most recent content learned.
  2. Synoptic practical tasks – these will involve identifying and applying the appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge required to complete the task.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

The units covered directly link to the current apprenticeship standards to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to progress, and be a successful contributor to an employer’s business.


You will be required to undertake a work placement as an essential and mandatory requirement before you can complete the course. A work placement will allow you to gain hands-on experience and develop your skills in a real working environment.

A variety of enrichment activities will be organised for throughout the year, including guest speakers, visits to industry, employer demonstrations, and live project briefs.

You could progress into employment or self-employment within the automotive industry.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

There will be opportunities for you to attend enrichment activities, such as classic car shows and Go Karting - these will come with a small fee but are optional.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an informal interview to assess your suitability to the course. Please bring a full list of qualifications including GCSE, if applicable.

The interview is a chance for you to meet with staff and have a tour of the College facilities. Interviews may be conducted in an initial group presentation and then a personal discussion with a member of staff. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend and discuss any areas of concern.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
You will be required to have a good level of maths and English.

At interview, you will undertake initial assessments in literacy, numeracy (E3 and L1) and an automotive test.