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T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair — Light and Electric Vehicles (16 – 18) (Level 3) — Full-time

Course outline

T Levels are new courses which will follow GCSEs and are equivalent to studying three A Levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

This qualification is for you if you are a 16-18 year old learner, who wishes to work within one of the varied sectors of Engineering including the Automotive sector.

The new T level qualification goes beyond an introduction to the Automotive industry, the structure and content of the qualification means you also gain an understanding of the links with and core competencies of the engineering sector as well.

You will cover core topics such as: Maintenance, installation and repair requirements, Fault detection and diagnosis, Communication for maintenance, installation and repair activities.

As an Automotive T level learner you will also be studying the standalone Occupational Specialism of light and electric vehicles

T level Occupational Specialisms develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to achieve threshold competence in an occupation. Threshold competence is defined as when a learner’s attainment against the knowledge, skills and behaviours is of a standard for them to enter the occupation and industry. They must also demonstrate the ability to achieve occupational competence over time with the correct support and training.

Our Automotive faculty ensure your qualification content is as current as possible to prepare you for your career in this sector. We do this by working with a number of local employers who will be contributing throughout the course to the knowledge and delivery of training.

Local and regional Employers will also provide opportunities for demonstrations and talks on the industry, site visits and where possible experience of work, will also be provided by these employers.

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Location Date
Jesse Boot Avenue
Science Park
University Boulevard

Start: Monday 9th September 2024

Course code: C049679 / Q049680


T Level Technical Qualification in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing. – Automotive Specialism Pathway (Level 3).


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 and above including Maths and English at a grade 5 as a minimum.

Teaching & assessment

To achieve the Level 3 City and Guilds, T Level Technical Qualification in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing – Automotive specialist pathway, learners must complete the two components of the Technical qualification.

These are known as the core component and the Occupational Specialism: Year 1 Engineering Common Core and Year 2 Light and Electric Vehicles

Learners must complete:

  • Two externally set exams covering knowledge from the engineering common core
    • 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).
  • One Employer-set project covering knowledge and core skills from the engineering common core (component 300).
    • 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.
  • An Automotive Occupational Specialism
    • 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 within an approximate three-month assessment window.

Achievement of the course is also dependent on learners also completing the minimum requirement of 45 days of a relevant work placement.


This technical qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed for working in industry, which will prepare learners to enter the industry through employment or as an Apprentice.

Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress onto further study.