Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course will interest you if you are 16-19 and have an interest in working as a paint sprayer or vehicle body repairer. It will introduce the skills and knowledge necessary to work within the motor industry.

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)
  • Vehicle panel preparation (sanding, cleaning and masking)
  • Vehicle refinishing techniques (priming sanding and colour coats)

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:

  • Beacon Award Winner - Responsiveness to Employers
  • OFSTED/ALI Inspection Grade 1 - Outstanding
  • Learning & Skills Council Centre of Vocational Excellence -CoVE
  • 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. The money raised in the workshops is used to subsidise residential visits to Denmark and Mississippi.

Entry Requirements

You will need a range of GCSEs in the D - G range or Basic Skills at Entry 3, a possitive attitude and the potential and stamina to complete the programme and progress. A keen interest in the automotive industry is essential.  You will undergo an interview and be part of an initial induction process.

If you do not meet these entry requirements please see our Entry Level Programmes.

What are the assessment methods?

Learners will be assessed through practical tasks, written phase tests and online assessment tests for each unit.

On successful completion of the course, you will gain the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing Technical Certificate Award at level 1.

How long is the course?

1 year

What are the progression options?

  • Progress to a higher level course e.g. level 2/3 IMI Technical Certificate/ Diploma in Body & Paint or Light/Heavy Vehicle
  • Seek employment in the automotive trade
  • Embark on an apprenticeship programme

Further Information