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Motor Vehicle Body and Paint Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

On this course you can work towards qualifications specialising in either: Body Repair, Paint Refinishing, Body Building or MET - Mechanical, Electrical and Trim.
As an apprentice, you will be working on cars or commercial vehicles undertaking a variety of supervised tasks.
Your duties will vary depending on the qualification you are working towards. The Body repair route will include repairing plastics and metals, removal and refitting of non-structural panels and welding techniques. The Paint refinish route will include preparation of plastic and metal panels, primer application and fault rectification. The Mechanical, Electrical and Trim route includes wheel alignment, suspension, electrics and trim removal as well as replacing body panels. The Body building route includes removal and fitting of body panels, assembling vehicle body components, working on electrical components and welding and bonding techniques. You will also cover health and safety in the workplace and use of tools on all routes.
Your college day will cover technical theory and practical (workshop and classroom) in your chosen specialism. If you need to complete functional skills qualifications, these will also be delivered on your college day.
To be an apprentice you need to be employed by a company for 40 hours per week which includes one day a week attendance at college.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement. The College will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and enthusiastic and can work well as part of a team. You must be prepared for hard work and be good with your hands. Please note: this course may not be suitable for students with asthma.
Qualification Titles
•VCQ Level 2 Diploma in Body Repair, Paint refinishing, Mechanical Electrical and trim or Body Building.
•VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Body Repair,Paint refinishing,Mechanical Electrical and trim or Body Building
•Employer Rights and Responsibilities
•Functional maths, English and ICT level 1 (if GCSEs are over 5 years old)
You will be asssed at your place of work in addition to taking on line exams.


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3-9/ A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language and maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?
You can progress onto the level 3 Apprenticeship in all specialist areas (Body Repair, Body Building, Paint Refinishing and MET).
Possible career opportunities could include working in an accident repair garage, as a mobile repair technician working for a railway company or working on cars or commercial vehicles.



Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply through UCAS Apply with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website.

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Come see for yourself!

Don't just take our word for it though; come and see for yourself at one of out Open Day dates throughout the year:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will all be open for all dates.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two year
  • Course code: GWIVB1


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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.