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Vehicle Body Repair and Paint Refinishing Level 1 at Gateshead College

Course description

This Level 1 study programme, accredited by the IMI (Institute of Motor Industry), will give you the essential skills, knowledge and experience you need to start preparing for a career in the body repair industry.

It's a practical and hands-on course and you'll be training in some of the best facilities in the region, with the latest vehicles and industry standard resources.

In addition to gaining a formal qualification and skills in body repair, you'll also follow a formal paint refinishing qualification so that by the end of your programme, you'll have the skills and experience of both of these specialist areas.

Course content

The course helps you develop the technical skills needed by today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including basic processes, principles and foundation skills. It will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to work as a body repairer working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.

You'll study both the theory and practical aspects of:

  • Vehicle body repair technical information and materials
  • Forming, joining and measuring
  • Basic body repairs
  • Moving loads and vehicle jacking

In the first six weeks you'll explore all aspects of the automotive industry including mechanical, servicing, body repair and paint, before choosing which aspect you'd like to focus on for the remainder of the course.

You'll have the opportunity to take up a work experience placement with one of our employer partners to get a taste of the world of work and to further enhance your skills and knowledge.

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.

Entry requirements

  • This course is Level 1 - although there may be no specific entry requirements, it's helpful to have evidence of previous study such as GCSEs at grades D-G or equivalent.
  • You will also need to have an assessment and interview.


You will be assessed throughout the programme by use of practical assessments within our workshops and also via online assessments.

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

Motor Vehicle Technicians service and repair all types of vehicles including cars, vans, motorbikes and heavy vehicles such as coaches and lorries. They work on all areas of vehicle mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust systems to the air-conditioning and security features.

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

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

Further information

Fast track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.

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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