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Vehicle Body Repair & Refinishing Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

This study programme is designed to further the knowledge covered in Level 1. The course covers removal of structural panels, paint defects, glass fibre and the different material and paint finishes associated with modern vehicle technology. Specialist materials and equipment will also be introduced.

Course content

You will investigate the removal and refitting of structural panels and different techniques of joining material. Refinishing will investigate the different types of paint equipment commonly used such as spray booths and paint mixing schemes. Defects in paint and how they can be rectified are covered at this level.

If students wish to progress to Level 3, in addition to the core course modules, students must undertake a competency - this takes the form of an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

Candidates must have successfully completed the Level 1 Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing course.


The course is assessed by both written and practical means and students will be required to complete multiple choice question papers set by the awarding body on line. Practical assessments will be carried out in the workshop. The assessments in the workshop will be graded as "competent" or "not competent." Students who do not pass first time will be given the opportunity to retake the assessment after guidance and further training. Assessment will be required for both refinishing and panel operations.

Financial information

Q. Are there any additional costs?
A. For hygiene reasons we suggest you invest in a personal set of appropriate coveralls and steel-toe capped safety boots. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by Petroc. 

Q. Are there any external trips on this course?
A. There may be the opportunity to participate in a number of trips during the year that may incur an additional cost. In the past students have attended the 'Auto Sports International Show' and a trip to Barcelona.

Q. Is there any financial support available to me?
A. Financial support may be available for any additional cost. Please enquire within the Petroc Guidance Centre.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the qualification can enter the industry as an apprentice at Level 2 or possibly return to college to follow the Level 3 Diploma as an apprentice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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