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Accident Repair Paint Principles Diploma level 2 – C2935

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Course Overview

The Vehicle Spray Painting Diploma level 2 is aimed at anyone looking to gain intermediate level spray painting knowledge and skills required for industry. It is designed to give you the confidence needed to be able to carry out spray painting of vehicles to industry standard. The course covers health and safety in the workplace, preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces, applying fillers or foundation materials to vehicles and repairing minor paint defects. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of policies and practices within the industry, providing all essential knowledge and skills for vehicle body paint operators.

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.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Leicester College has a very well-equipped modern vehicle paint workshop, offering advanced tools, equipment and paint techniques that enable students to gain a wide range of skills, essential for the workplace.

This learning programme involves studying both the theory and practical aspects, preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces, preparing and applying fillers and foundation materials to vehicles and repairing minor paint defects.

You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Entry Requirements

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 student will need to have completed their level 1 Motor Vehicle study programme 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.

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.

How you will be assessed

The course is designed to give the students both theory and hands-on practical experience to carry out paint procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the paint shop, 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.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1500.00

Additional Costs

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.

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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.

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Course and Career progression

This course is a stepping stone for students considering a career in the automotive paint industry. After completion, students are expected to progress onto a Paint Refinishing Apprenticeship dependent on meeting the entry requirements, with a view to starting work in the industry. More details can be found on the national apprenticeships register online.

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.

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