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Vehicle Body Repair and Body Refinishing Intermediate Apprenticeship at Exeter College

Course description

The Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body Repair and Body Repair offers a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop a career in the automotive industry. As an Apprentice you will hold a full time job and attend college one day a week throughout the programme. You will work towards a framework of qualifications which make up the Apprenticeship. Vocational Competence Qualification: Part of the Apprenticeship framework is the VCQ qualification. The VCQ shows your competence, knowledge, and understanding of carrying out maintenance and repairs to vehicles and proves you are able to carry out your job to the Specifications of the Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).

When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Skills Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice.

Course content

VCQ's will consist of:

  • Knowledge units
    • On-line assessment for knowledge units
    • Written or recorded assessment (L3 only)
  • Competence units
    • Competence units will be assessed by collection of workplace evidence collection and assessor observations

Vocational Related Qualification: This is the theory and underpinning knowledge you require within your job.
VRQ's will consist of:

  • Knowledge units
  • On-line assessment for knowledge units
  • Written assessment (L3 only)
  • Skills Units
  • Practical assessment in the college workshops

Entry requirements

You need GCSEs at Grade D or above in English and Maths, or have the ability to achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in Application of Number and Communication. You will need to complete an initial assessment at college as part of the application process and must have a real interest in learning the trade and be in full-time employment.


 Whilst at work, your Skills Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. 

Financial information

You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books and an air fed mask if on Body or paint programmes (can be supplied through the college at a very reasonable cost).

Future opportunities

You can go into the automotive industry or you will be able to progress to the advanced apprenticeship programme.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016
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