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Automotive - Level 1 Award or Diploma in Motor Vehicle Body Repair/Refinishing at Wakefield College

Course description

Are you aiming at a career in the Motor Vehicle Industry? This course will provide you with a solid foundation for further study. Your supportive tutors offer a visit to a local motor museum and help in finding work experience placements as part of the programme.

Course content

What you will study

The course covers all the basic vehicle systems and technologies you will need in starting a career within the Motor Industry.  These include Health & Safety, Engineering, Vehicle Inspection, Body Repair, Paint Refinishing, Valeting, Customer Care, Steering and Suspension, Battery and Lighting and Motorcycle Maintenance.

Award 4 units including:

• Health & Safety
• Introduction to vehicle body repair 
• Introduction to vehicle refinish

Diploma 10 units including:

• Health & Safety
• Introduction to engineering
• Introduction to battery & lighting systems
• Introduction to steering & suspension
• Introduction to vehicle inspection
• Introduction to vehicle body repair
• Introduction to vehicle refinish
• Introduction to vehicle wheels & tyres
• Introduction to vehicle valeting and Introduction to motorcycle maintenance

You will also study appropriate Functional Skills in English, Maths and IT.

Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.

Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C.  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Your Course Structure

Classroom: 50%; Practical: 50%

How you will learn

You will attend practical sessions in the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and theory lessons in the classroom.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at A*-G (or new grade 9-1)


By continuous assessment within the workshops and oral/written testing.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

On successful completion of the ABC Level 1 course you may progress to a variety of vocationally relevant qualifications at Wakefield College, including ABC Level 2 in either body repair or refinish.

Career opportunities

With the appropriate experience and qualifications, various roles within the motor vehicle industry. This is an industry which is constantly evolving and where technology is moving fast, so you will need to be ready to continue learning throughout your working life.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 03 October 2017
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.