Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course will interest you if you are looking at following a career in vehicle accident repair or customisation and have an interest in working as a paint sprayer or vehicle body repairer. It will introduce you to the skills and knowledge necessary to work within the motor industry and enable you to progression onto a level 3 qualification in either Body Repair or Refinish.

What does the course involve?

 You will learn how to repair body panels and to paint them using the latest techniques which will include:

  • Health and safety for the vehicle technician
  • Vehicle panel repair (Hammer and Dolly techniques, Filling, Sanding and Panel replacement)
  • Vehicle panel preparation (Sanding, Cleaning, Masking)
  • Vehicle refinishing techniques (Priming, Sanding, colour and Clear coat finishes)
  • You will work in our live workshops, repairing and painting real vehicles and sample work.
  • Study will be over three days each week, leaving the other two days free for work experience or other studies

What makes this course special?

Students are able to participate in visits to manufacturers and body shops as well as attend onsite demonstrations from industry leaders in our own superb workshops. Students are supported through the tutorial system of one-to-one sessions, held on a regular basis, to plan and develop the student's learning process. We are also a lead partner in the Motor Industry Skills Consortium.

The college has also received the following awards and accolades:

  • OFSTED/ALI Inspection Grade 1–Outstanding
  • Manufacture designated facility for Modern Apprenticeship training–Ford
  • The Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year

On-site repair workshops

The Automotive Centre has seven workshops, including Light Vehicle, HGV, Motorsport and Vehicle Body Repair. These function as businesses, where you can put everything you learn into practice. This generates your portfolio of evidence for assessment.

This course gives learners the opportunity to gain a recognised trade qualification without the need for full employment, using our excellent modern and fully equipped workshops and classroom facilities. Individuals will also work as a team on the Vehicle Body Enhancement Project.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements for this course however you will undergo an interview and be part of an initial induction process although a keen interest is vital. You will also need safety boots and overalls for all workshop activities (which will be included within your enrolment cost).

What are the assessment methods?

Learners will be assessed through practical tasks, written phase tests, online assessment tests and classroom course work.

How long is the course?

One year.

What are the progression options?

Students may like to progress to a Level 3 course in Automotive studies, or seek employment in the industry, whilst studying an apprenticeship on an NVQ programme.

Further Information