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