Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Motor Vehicle Body Repair and Paint Refinishing

  • Course Code AUTEAT002A
  • Start Date 2nd September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Skills Academy - Automotive

This course is unique, giving you skills in two specialist areas - body repair and paint refinishing as well as experience. In our state-of-the-art workshops, you'll gain practical skills and knowledge at the highest level, so you can start a career in this industry, which offers a wealth of employment opportunities within the region.


This is a practical, hands-on course, using the latest vehicles and industry standard resources. Using our outstanding facilities and equipment you will develop skills in all aspects of vehicle body repair and paint refinishing, as well as taking part in invaluable work experience with local employers.


What will I study?

The course will give you the technical skills needed by today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including diagnosis and rectification procedures for major accident damage and paint rectification. It provides the essential knowledge that you'll need to work as a body repairer or paint refinisher working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.


You'll study theory and practical aspects of:

  • Body Units
  • Removing and Replacing Body Panels
  • Repairing Body Panels
  • Rectifying Vehicle Misalignment
  • MIG Brazing Operations
  • Paintless Dent Removal

Paint Units

  • Working with Plastic Materials and Components
  • Establishing Paint Defects
  • Applying Topcoats and Completing Refinishing Operations
  • Vehicle Colour Matching
  • SMART Paint Repair

In addition you'll also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of job roles in the automotive environment health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.


The assessment of this study programme is through set practical tasks and projects which will be assessed and documented creating a portfolio of practical evidence, set online exams assessing your subject knowledge and written assignments/coursework.


This qualification also forms the knowledge component or technical certificate of an advanced level apprenticeship along with the required maths and English qualifications which makes up part of the apprenticeship framework, giving you a head start over other candidates.


Work experience

As part of your study programme you will be given the opportunity to take up a work experience placement in the automotive industry, working with local employers to further enhance your employability skills and knowledge.


English and maths

As part of your study programme you will also attend maths and English sessions and have the opportunity to improve your GCSE grades.


Success, progression and employment

Every year a good percentage of our learners who complete this programme secure an apprenticeship working for one of our employer partners such as large manufacturing companies like Nissan or reputable employers such as Go Northeast, CF Recovery, Nationwide Accident Repair, Bristol Street Motors or specialists in vehicle restoration like Aston Martin Workshops.

The place of study

You will be working in our state of the art workhops in a fantastic building purposely built and designed for motor industry related subjects. All our workshops are fully equipped with the latest vehicles and industry standard equipment giving you the best experience and skills.

An interview is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the programme by use of practical assessments within our workshops and also via assessments. You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence that will be submitted to the awarding body at the end of the programme.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in our state of the art workshops working on the latest vehicles supported by tutors with years of industrial experience. The majority of this programme will be in the workshops working on vehicles and within the body and paintshops.

Qualifications needed

Level 2 qualification in Body Repair and Paint Refinishing

Required experience

You should have some basic experience but you don't need a work placement to attend this training.

You will need to be able to present a portfolio of work.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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