Vehicle Body Repair or Refinishing

This course builds on level 1 and further develops your knowledge of body repair or refinishing. You must achieve all learning outcomes for each study unit. You will be assessed by IMI practical assessments, centre devised assessment methods and IMI external testing.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Automotive
  • Qualification IMIAL Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Course Length 1 year

This course develops your essential knowledge of body repair, preparing you to work in the crash repair industry. You will be expected to achieve Functional Skills at an appropriate level.The course is made up of a number of units that cover specific topics. These topics are delivered by classroom lectures and practical sessions in the vehicle workshop. Each of the units contains a number of learning outcomes. In order to pass and achieve certification, students must achieve all of the unit’s learning outcomes, by completing the underpinning knowledge assessment criteria. Assessment of each unit is made up of 3 components, IMI Practical Assessments, Centre Devised Assessment Methods and IMI External Testing.

This qualification covers the technical needs for body repair techniques and procedures. It provides essential knowledge and skills for the body repairer working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of body repair shops. The programme involves learners studying both the theory and practical aspects, including: removing and fitting permanent and non-permanent fixed body panels and components, carrying out repairs to body panels. You will develop essential fabrication and welding skills in order to carry out these tasks. Learners will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

What topics will I study? 

You will:

  • Learn in an innovative, purpose built spray shop
  • work on the latest vehicles and Car-O-Liner alignment and welding equipment
  • Learn skills, including fabrication and welding, removal, repair and replacement of panels and the preparation and application of paint
  • Visit manufacturers and attend masterclasses
  • Develop soft skills, such as communication and employer expectations, to prepare you for the industry
  • Take optional, additional courses in hybrid and electric vehicle technology
  • Have opportunities for work experience alongside your studies
  • Gain the practical skills needed to complete your GCSE English and Maths

What experiences will I get?

The course is structured to allow you to find a work experience opportunity alongside your college training. This may significantly improve your chances of progressing as an apprentice at the end of this course.

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps:

You could go on to study a Level 2 Vehicle Body Repair and Body Refinishing Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: Grade 3 in English Language and Maths. If you don’t have a grade 4 in English and Maths, you will be required to study for this alongside your course. Plus, you will need three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements: We may consider other experience if you do not have these grades.

  • A large new fully equipped workshop and spray booth
  • Vehicles which are less than five years old
  • The latest vehicle alignment and welding equipment
  • A state of the art automotive diagnostic laboratory with test simulators and rigs
  • A dedicated IT laboratory with internet access
  • Specific automotive training classrooms

To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.

Additional Costs

You will be required to have boots, overalls and Polo shirts which are ordered through our supplier. You will also have to pay £50 to cover faculty materials.

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