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Body Repair and Paint Refinishing Level 3 at Gateshead College

Course description

Accredited by the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry), this study programme will enable you to gain practical skills and knowledge at the highest level, so you can start a career in this exciting and rewarding industry.

Working in our state-of-the-art workshops at our dedicated Skills Academy for Automotive, Engineering, Manufacturing & Logistics, you'll develop your skills using the latest resources and industrial techniques.

Course content

You'll cover the technical skills needed to work as a body repairer or paint refinisher on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.

  • Removing and replacing body panels
  • Repairing body panels
  • Rectifying vehicle misalignment
  • MIG brazing operations
  • Paintless dent removal
  • Working with plastic materials and components
  • Establishing paint defects
  • Applying topcoats and completing refinishing operations
  • Vehicle colour matching
  • SMART paint repair

In addition you'll also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of job roles in the automotive industry, health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Entry requirements

  • This course is Level 3 - you will need to have an automotive vocational level 2 qualification.
  • It is also desirable to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C or above - preferably including English and maths.


Your progress will be assessed in three ways:

  • Practical Tasks which are recorded to create a portfolio of evidence which you can use at job interviews
  • Online exams
  • Written assignments

You will also need to build a portfolio of evidence that will be submitted to the awarding body at the end of the programme.

Future opportunities

As a technician, your duties would include:

  • Finding and identifying faults
  • Advising customers if repairs are needed and how critical they are
  • Providing time and cost estimates for jobs
  • Carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
  • Road testing the vehicle to check the repair work
  • Fitting and servicing accessories like radios and alarms
  • Carrying out routine servicing and checks.

As vehicles become more sophisticated, you could specialise in repairing the technology used to control vehicle systems.

As an experienced technician, you could carry out MOT tests or convert traditional engines to liquid petroleum gas (LPG). You might also have the opportunity for work such as customising vehicles in line with owners' instructions.

Fast track to an apprenticeship

This qualification also forms the "knowledge component" or technical certificate of the Accident Repair Advanced Apprenticeship framework for Body Repair or Paint, which means if you decide to progress onto an apprenticeship, you'll be prepared and have a head start over other candidates.

Alternatively, if you'd like to move into an apprenticeship half-way through the course, if you're ready, we can help you find a vacancy and help you apply.

You'll also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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