Basic Body and Paint Repair for Beginners

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Course Overview

This course is for adults aged 19+. This is a eight-week part-time beginners’ course in motor vehicle body and paint repairs, one evening a week for three hours. The course is taught on Tuesday evening at our Abbey Park campus. The course is designed for those who wish to gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to be able to repair and paint motor vehicles. This is an ideal course for those with an interest in vehicle restoration projects or those who would like to gain basic skills in the body and paint preparation and refinishing process. The course focuses on developing practical skills, with no formal exams or assessments. Students can work with support from the tutors, which have over 30 years of industry experience.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Over the length of the course, students will learn how to fabricate panel sections and will be shown how to MIG weld, braze and oxyacetylene weld. You will then progress on to metal shaping and polyester filler repair. Then finally you will be introduced to paint refinishing. This will involve the application of primers and topcoat materials and rectification of paint faults.

Topics include health and safety in the automotive environment; identification and use of tools and equipment including a range of welding techniques; panel replacement and alignment; and panel preparation to accept primers and top coat application.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however an interest in motor vehicle maintenance would be beneficial.

How you will be assessed

The course is designed to give you hands-on practical experience to carry out paint and body repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically. Your tutor will provide explanations, demonstrations and guide you through practical activities. All assessments are based on observations of practical activities. There is no formal assessment.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £75.00

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 overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

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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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What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.
For enrol and pay courses: Once you have decided to take the course, you need to fill in a short learner details form online and pay the course fee. Once you have done this, you will receive an electronic confirmation of enrolment and payment.

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