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Vehicle Paint and Body Repairs - Diploma level 1 at Leicester College

Course description

This course runs from September to June for 16 hours per week. The Vehicle Accident Repair Multi-Skilled Diploma level 1 is designed for those who wish to gain repair knowledge and skills needed in the industry and is designed to give you the confidence needed to be able to carry out repairs to industry standard. It is ideal for those who wish to learn about basic vehicle body repairs and vehicle car spraying. This engaging and motivating vocationally-related qualification (VRQ) is generally aimed at students who have a keen interest to learn about various types of vehicle accident repair and different roles that are available in the retail motor industry. The multi-skilled route for vehicle accident repair allows students to have the flexibility to develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas, to prepare them for further studies and potentially enter into a job role you desire in the future. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

Leicester College has a very well equipped modern vehicle body repair workshop, it offers advanced tools, equipment and repair techniques that enable students to gain a wide range of skills essential for the workplace. The programme will introduce you to both the theory and practical aspects of accident repair. This qualification consists of a combination of units from modules: Health and Safety practices Foundation Skills Personal Social Development (PSD) MET (Mechanical Electrical Trim) Body Refinishing Valeting There are 18 units that are covered over the year in both a practical and classroom environment which includes, safe working practices, forming and joining, materials, main vehicle components, vehicle construction, valeting, basic body repairs, basic paint spraying. Other topics that are compulsory to the course include; PPD (Personal Professional Development), functional skills or GCSE in maths and/or English.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 1/2 (E/F/G) or above is required. A suitable level 1 qualification or substantial body repair experience is desirable but not essential. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The course is designed to give you both theory and practical experience in order to carry out accident repair procedures and so is delivered and assessed practically in the body/paint workshop, coupled with written assessments and online exams. Your tutors will provide theory explanations, practical demonstrations and guide you through all assessments which will include written, practical and online exams.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. You will be expected to supply and wear personal protective equipment (workshop uniform) when carrying out practical activities in the workshops, which should consist of black steel toe cap safety boots, and plain navy overalls. There should be no deviation from the colour scheme and the kit would be expected to cost between £45 and £50.

Future opportunities

This course is a stepping stone for you if you're considering a career in the automotive paint industry. On successful completion of this course, you may choose to study our level 2 Vehicle Body Repair Diploma or level 2 Vehicle paint Spraying Diploma (subject to meeting the entry requirements). Employment in the motor trade as part of a national apprenticeship scheme is also a popular route following on from this course.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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