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Vehicle Body Repair & Refinishing Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

With some 30 million cars on UK roads and the number growing each year, demand for skilled vehicle body repairers can only rise. This one-year study programme is a useful combination of theory and practical skill-building in our modern, well-equipped workshop.

Course content

The qualification is designed to cover the fundamentals of vehicle body repair and refinishing. Skills you will develop include panel fitting, welding and the removal and replacement of panels. It also covers vehicle paint applications and the preparation of panels.

This programme is a sound preparation for more vocational training. You can progress as a second-year apprentice, depending on your work placement, or possibly progress to a Level 2 full time study programme.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English Language. 

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.

Candidates will be considered on their individual merits. You will need to demonstrate that you are committed to working in the vehicle body repair and refinish sector.


The course is assessed by both written and practical means. Students will be required to complete multiple choice question papers set online. 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. Assessments will be completed for both refinishing and body repair.

Future opportunities

Students who complete the programme can look to gain employment as a Level 2 apprentice or possibly return to follow the full time Level 2 programme.

Further information

This course is run at the North Devon campus in a teaching environment that is very similar to a modern vehicle repair centre.

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 Barcelona trip.

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.

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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