Accessibility links

Motor Vehicle (Body Repair) Intermediate Level Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

If you enjoy working as part of a team and enjoy working on the vehicle itself, then you will enjoy body repair.

In this area of the motor industry, you will be repairing damage to vehicles that has been caused by general wear and tear or by an accident. 

You will be returning vehicles to roadworthy condition.

Your main tasks will include estimating body damage, removing, repairing and replacing damaged body components, using welding and soldering equipment, deciding on repair techniques, cleaning and preparing metal surfaces for painting and you may also help vehicle body builders to build custom designed vehicles.

Course content

Typical activities are identified as follows:

  • Removal and replacement of non-structural body panel, this involves adhering to
  • Industry codes of practice; employing adhesive application tools; removing and replacing sections, which are not part of the welded structure.
  • Replacement of structural body panels - this involves replacing non-structural body panels and re-instating panels.

Quality-checking of body repairs - this involves using manufacturers manuals and company checking procedures; inspecting vehicles during and body panel replacement and paint refinishing appropriate equipment; conducting tests both off and on road.

Entry requirements

  • Ideally you should have 4 GCSE grades A-D to include a communication and mathematics subject.
  • Equivalent qualifications would be considered.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 April 2016

Key information


  • More information
      • Fabrication and welding workshop
      • Electrical and Electronics workshops
      • Dedicated welding workshop
      • CNC equipment, lathes, millers and grinders
      • Industry standard engineering simulation software packages, including MultiSim, Autocad & Inventor
      • Pneumatics workshops