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Motor Vehicle Accident Repair Level 1 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 1 year full time course.

About this course 

Students usually start at level 1 to gain the necessary skills before progressing to level 2.

This level 1 qualification covers the basic technical needs for today’s motor vehicle body and paint industry. It provides essential knowledge for the body refinisher working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of workshops, dealerships and specialist paint shops. The course will cover interpreting vehicle technical information, basic vehicle preparation, vehicle refinishing materials, tools and equipment, vehicle paint application and correcting minor defects. You also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Theory lessons covering the required technology are classroom based, giving you the opportunity to take notes to aid your studies. Practical lessons take place in the motor vehicle workshops and give you the opportunity to develop the skills needed to pass the assessments. You will need to bring your own overalls and safety boots for workshop sessions; all other safety equipment will be provided. You will need to bring a pen,pencil,paper and a folder to every lesson.

You need to attend regularly and be on time for every lesson.

Functional Skills lessons also form an important part of your course.

They include English and Maths to help you improve your skills in these areas. There will be exams when you are ready. The course is approximately 50% theory and 50% practical. Your progress will be reviewed regularly in tutorial sessions

Personal Study Time

You are expected to study independently in your own time, building up your knowledge of motor vehicle body and paint technology.

You will be given passwords for our online learning materials. We have a comprehensive library for you to read suitable textbooks on the subject.

Recommended reading is:

  • Light Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing - Andrews
  • Principles and Practice of Vehicle Body Repair - Fairbrother

Will this course suit me?

You should have willingness and a desire to study on a motor vehicle course, be able to take in technical information and demonstrate practical ability in a workshop setting.

Qualification Title

IMI level 1 Award in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations

What students say about this course.

“it can be hard learning about the technology but it is very interesting”

“I really enjoy making a damaged car look good again”

 “you have to spend some of your own time studying at home”

“the teachers are very good at showing you the best ways to do the repairs”

“I learned a lot about body repair and I am looking forward to L2”

 

 

 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English Language

Assessment

Knowledge is assessed using on line exams, and also by oral questioning during practical assessments. Practical assessments will be carried out in the Body Repair workshops following training and practice in the required competencies. Students will be required with assistance to build a portfolio of their work.

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where Can It Lead?

Following success in this course you can apply to join a Level 2 Vehicle Body course. Career opportunities include working in Accident Repair establishments as a Body Repair Technician or as a Vehicle Refinisher. You may also apply for a modern apprenticeship.

 

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018 4pm -7pm

Wednesday 21st November 2018 4pm-7pm

Tuesday 29th January 2019 4pm-7pm

Monday 4th March 2019 4pm-7pm

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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: GFIVB1

Venues

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    • Welcome to City Campus

       

      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.


      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.


      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.