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Motor Vehicle:Accident & Repair Level 3 at Suffolk New College

Course description

This study programme gives you the chance to learn and improve your skills in our modern, industry standard workshops. You have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in local shows and exhibitions. Test the skills you have learnt against others by participating in national competitions, such as the UK Skills trials and World Skills. Also, you will have the chance to get an indepth look in to the industry, visiting the Motor Industry Repair Research Centre and other exhibitions. The study programme will also develop personal, social and employability skills, which includes opportunities to work on community projects and to explore the various career pathways within the automotive industry.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or maths or both will need to study an English or/and maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.  

Course content

This qualification covers the demands of today’s vehicle accident repair industry. It provides the essential skills and knowledge for technicians working on vehicles in vehicle body shops. You will study both the theory and practical aspects of the subject through completion of specialist units, including Preparing Metal and Pre–Painted Surfaces, Working with Plastic Materials and Components and Applying Topcoats and Completing Refinishing Operations. You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the colour theory. Practical activities are completed in fully resourced workshops led by highly competent and qualified staff. You must pass all practical and theory elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification.



Entry requirements

A profile of GCSEs at grade C or grade 4, (or their equivalent) & Level 2 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint & Principles.  

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

Trips and visits, safety boots, overalls, suction fed spray gun and textbook The Repair of Vehicle Bodies (6th Edition) (ISBN 9780415534451)

Future opportunities

96% of students who completed this programme have gone into employment or progressed onto another programme of study. On completion of this advanced Level (Level 3) students will be competent to work as a refinishing technician in a vehicle body shop; following further training and development, students can progress to a range of jobs at Level 3 such as a Technician in vehicle refinishing, panel repair or mechanical electrical and trim.

Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support for You

Student support contact or 01473 382 738 or email

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk New College directly.

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: EBR93F0
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