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Full Time

T Level Maintenance, Installation & Repair for Automotive Engineering Level 3

T Level

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

This T Level Maintenance, Installation & Repair for Automotive Engineering Level 3 course is for you if you are a 16-19-year-old learner, who wishes to work in the automotive engineering or maintenance industry.

Course requirements

You should have GCSE English at Grade 5 or above, GCSE Maths at Grade 5 or above, GCSE Science and/or Physics.

This T Level Maintenance, Installation & Repair for Automotive Engineering qualification will help you gain an understanding of the automotive engineering industry and the sector, and you will cover topics such as:

• Maintenance, installation and repair requirements
• Fault detection and diagnosis
• Isolation and resolution methods
• Communication for maintenance, installation and repair activities

Learners will study a stand-alone Occupational Specialism in:

• Light and electric vehicles

The T Level qualification is made up of two components, both of which need to be successfully achieved to attain the technical qualification as well as the full T Level Technical Qualification in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing (Level 3).

The common Core Component: The core content is designed to offer sufficient breadth of knowledge and skills for the learner to apply in a variety of contexts related to the engineering industry and those Occupational Specialisms linked to this T Level.

The common core content is the building blocks of knowledge and skills that will give a learner a broad understanding of the industry and job roles. At the same time, it will develop the core skills you will need to apply when working within the automotive engineering industry.

We work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible will also provide work

Two externally set exams covering knowledge from the engineering common core (component 300).

The exams provide sufficient sampling of the content and consist of a mixture of short answer questions (SAQs), some of which will be structured, and extended response questions (ERQs). The balance of questions in assessing across assessment objectives (AOs) 1, 2 and 3 will allow for the appropriate differentiation of learners to support the reliable setting of boundaries.

One Employer-set project covering knowledge and core skills from the engineering common core

The Employer-set project will consist of a well-defined, real industry-style brief. The brief will be complex and non-routine, and will require the use of relevant maths, English and digital skills. The brief will provide a valid context for the Level 3 learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core content and their core skills to solve occupationally relevant situations and/or problems.


One Occupational Specialism: Light and electric vehicles

These assessments will feature a considerable practical element and are composed of a series of holistic practical tasks relating to the specialism at hand. They will take place over a period of time, scheduled at the provider’s preference within an approximate three-month assessment window. By nature of the considerable practical elements, the tasks will generate significant ephemeral evidence and be heavily reliant on Internal Assessor observation notes and records for validation.

The engineering common core (component 300) is graded overall A*– E plus ungraded (U).

The Occupational Specialisms (components 315) is graded overall Distinction, Merit, Pass and Ungraded. Each Occupational Specialism achieved will receive a grade.

Core – knowledge tests are externally assessed
Core – employer-set project is externally assessed
Occupational Specialisms are externally moderated

This T Level Maintenance, Installation & Repair for Automotive Engineering Level 3 qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in the automotive engineering industry, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice. Furthermore, the completion of this T Level course gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto higher education courses and training.

This technical qualification will suit someone who is not yet employed or looking to enter the industry post mainstream education. The structure of the qualification is designed to give learners the breadth of knowledge and understanding across the automotive engineering industry but also equips them with the necessary occupational and core skills to enter the industry. This T Level is designed to support fair access and allows learners to manage and improve their own performance.


Career routes for this T Level Maintenance, Installation & Repair for Automotive Engineering course include:

Mechanical Engineer
Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Engineering Technician
Maintenance Engineer
Maintenance Technician


To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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