Level Three Diploma in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Principles

This course builds on the level two subsidiary diploma/diploma course and looks at motorcycle maintenance and repair principles in greater depth and complexity. It is aimed at people who would like to go into work in industry as a diagnostic technician or in a supervisory role, or progress onto further study.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

  • Diagnosing and rectifying motorcycle engine and component faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying motorcycle chassis system faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying auxiliary equipment electrical faults
  • Contributing to workplace good housekeeping
  • Ensuring your actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Maintaining positive working relationships

Plus one specialist unit from:

  • Inspecting motorcycle systems
  • Identifying and agreeing customer vehicle needs
  • Overhauling mechanical units
  • Diagnosing and rectifying motorcycle transmission and driveline system faults


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of techniques to include observation of practical activities in workshops, oral questioning, written reports and online testing.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade A* to C/4-9
  • Or level two diploma (merit)
  • Or first diploma (merit)
  • Or NVQ level two
  • Or equivalent

Where appropriate any relevant experience or qualifications can be accredited towards this qualification.


Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

This qualification could help you get a job as a motorcycle engineer or a diagnostic technician and improve your career prospects if you want to move into a supervisory role. It could help you secure an apprenticeship or advanced apprenticeship or take more advanced courses such as IMIAL Level Four Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies for Master Technicians.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide 2019 Full-time Course Guide 2020 Part-Time Autumn Course Guide