Vehicle Accident Repair Body Paint Studies Diploma level 1 – C7557

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Course Overview

How are cars repaired after an accident? Are you Interested in working on motor vehicles for a career? If so, this could be the right course for you. Our ABC level 1 Diploma in Motor Vehicle Bodywork Paint Refinishing is designed to introduce you to the basic practical skills and theoretical knowledge that you’ll need to work in the automotive repair and refinishing industry.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.
If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course is comprised of several core specialist body repair and paint refinishing units, and some generic mechanical-based automotive units. In our well-equipped, purpose-built workshops you will be learning how to specialise in multiple repair areas, including Mechanical Electrical Trim (MET), Paint refinishing, and Body Repairs. In classroom/online-based theory sessions you will learn about theoretical principles that underpin each of these specialist areas. Throughout the course you will also undertake a Personal Social Development (PSD) programme which aims to equip you with range of transferable skills, including how to keep yourself safe, contribute to society and your local community, and communication teamwork skills.

Entry Requirements

Direct entry to this course requires a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 2 (these must include English Maths). It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum attendance record of 90% at your previous place of study or work. Progressing learners will be required to have completed an entry level 3 Motor Vehicle study programme, including Functional Skills English at entry level 3 (or above).

How you will be assessed

You will be evaluated by set practical (workshop-based) assessments and online knowledge assessments set by the awarding body.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1500.00

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which should include safety boots and navy-blue overalls. You may obtain these from wherever you wish but further guidance will be given to you during the enrolment process. You will also be required to obtain some basic stationary. Again, further guidance will be given to you during the enrolment process.

Material Fees



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

Upon successful completion of the course, your progression options will include continuing your studies on our level 2 diploma in Bodywork / Paint Refinishing, or employment in the motor trade as part of a national apprenticeship scheme. You may also be able to progress onto one of our level 2 automotive repair and maintenance diplomas.

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/Interview online or 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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