This course is designed to give you the confidence and skills needed to carry out vehicle body repairs and prepare you for a career in the automotive industry. You will develop a diverse skill set across all aspects of repair as well as workplace knowledge of essential health and safety practices.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include mandatory retaking GCSEs in English and maths or undertaking Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above in English and maths.
You will also be required to complete a work experience placement of minimum 36 hours in a garage and an employability programme.
All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.
What You'll Learn
This course covers both theoretical and practical elements of vehicle body repair work including:
1. Removing and fitting fixed body panels and components
2. Carrying out repairs to body panels using specialist equipment
3. Resistance spot welding
4. MAGS welding and brazing techniques
5. Repairing plastic components.
Our facilities include a very well-equipped modern vehicle body repair workshop, with advanced tools, equipment and repair techniques to help build your skills in preparation for a career in this industry.
Direct entry to this course for 16-18 year olds requires both GCSEs in English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus two further GCSEs at grade 3 or above including a science or technical based subject.
Progressing Learners will need to have completed their level 1 Motor Vehicle study program including both English and maths functional skills qualifications at level 1.
Alternatively, we can accept Functional Skills in English and maths at level 2 for 19+ students, plus one suitable reference.
It is also desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance in education or employment. A suitable level 1 qualification or suitable industry experience is desirable but not essential.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and Maths qualifications but can demonstrate experience in the industry.
How you will be assessed
This course is delivered as a combination of practical assessments in the paint workshop, coupled with written assessments and online exams.
Your tutors will provide theory explanations, practical demonstrations and guide you through all assessments both written and practical.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £1500.00
You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, plain navy all in one overall. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £30 and £45.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
This course is a useful stepping stone for students considering a career in the automotive body repair industry. It is expected that after completing this course you will progress to employment in the motor trade as part of a national apprenticeship scheme. You may wish to make an appointment or contact our apprenticeship team to discuss potential employment in this industry.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.