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Vehicle Body Repair and Paint (Adult) - Level 3


This Level 3 Vehicle Body Repair and Paint course is designed to help you further develop your learning to industry-standards and focuses on meticulous preparation of a range of different surfaces and materials and the application of topcoats to extremely high standards.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year
09 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

When you successfully complete this Level 3 Vehicle Body Repair and Paint course you will have developed the technical and broader skills needed to enjoy a rewarding career in the industry, or develop your knowledge and skills further and progress onto our Foundation Degree.

Typical pathways from this Level 3 course are:

  • Employment in the industry on a fast-track apprenticeship
  • Progression to the foundation year of our Foundation Degree

Employment Opportunities

Throughout your time on the course, frequent career and progression advice from our team of highly qualified and experienced tutors will continue.

Level 3 job roles:

  • Vehicle Body Repair Technician
  • Vehicle Paint Technician
  • Mechanical and Electrical Trim Technician
  • Vehicle Valeter and Detailer/li>
  • Vehicle Damage Assessor
  • Vehicle Body Repair and Paint Workshop Manager

Graduate job roles:

  • Design, research and development careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries including.
  • Manufacturing careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries.
  • Automotive systems and competence testing careers within the Automotive, Motorsport and other transport industries.

Key information

Entry Requirements

If you are at least 19 years old and have already completed a relevant Level 2 qualification, this one year course is ideal for continuing your journey to a rewarding career.

Mandatory entry requirements:

  • You must be aged at least 19 before the course starts in September
  • You must have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 qualification, or have at least 1 years industry experience
  • You must be able to attend one and a half days per/week

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Qualification obtained

Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles (VRQ)

Fees and funding

Read our tuition fees guide.

Extra costs and equipment

You will need to provide your own safety boots and overalls / boiler suit for practical activities. A typical pair of safety boots should cost no more than £12 and a pair of overalls £15. All other protective equipment will be provided by us.

All tools and equipment are provided for practical sessions and access to computers and all software required for the course is available within the College facilities.

You will be expected to provide your own pen, pencil, basic drawing equipment and a note pad.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: IMI

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

While industry placement is not mandatory, we have a comprehensive list of local employers who have provided opportunities for our adult student to gain valuable industry experience.

There are no planned mandatory field trips.

How will I learn?

At Level 2 you will have developed your knowledge of the techniques used for repairing and replacing damaged vehicle body panels and techniques for mixing and applying different paints. At Level 3 you will expand your knowledge of working with different materials and your skills in applying topcoats to industry standards.

You will be taught by tutors who have a wealth of industry experience and a passion for passing on their skills and experiences. Your tutors will get to know how you learn best and tailor their teaching methods to your needs.

There are opportunities for you to discuss your progress with your Progress Tutor and you will be allocated a team manager to support you through every aspect of your learning and development.

This course is mainly practical-based and is delivered in the following way (hours shown are weekly):

  • Vehicle Body Repair and Paint Practical (Workshop – 6 hours)
  • Vehicle Body Repair and Paint Theory (Classroom – 3 hours)
  • Independent Study (2 hours)

The environment is supportive and includes regular target setting and reviews.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Modules you will cover include:

  • Working with plastics and other non-metal materials
  • Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
  • Identifying paint defects
  • Applying topcoats and completing refinishing operations
  • The art of colour-matching

You will be assessed in two different ways:

  • Practical skills assessments in the workshop (50%)
  • Online multiple-choice tests (50%)