Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This Apprenticeship is for 16–18 year olds in relevant employment in the motor industry. Subsidised Apprenticeship courses are also available for those aged 19–24.

If you are keen to work as a vehicle body refinisher, but are not yet in relevant employment, we maintain regular contact with employers who have vacancies or we can offer help and advice if you prefer to conduct your own job search.

What does the course involve?

The course comprises an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body & Paint Operations (Body Refinishing), depending on your entry qualifications and an initial assessment. Topics studied include:

  • Preparing panels to accept foundation and topcoats
  • Preparing and applying foundation materials and topcoats to vehicles
  • Mixing and matching paint colours
  • Identifying and rectifying paint defects and faults
  • Health and safety
  • Skills for the automotive workplace

You will attend the Automotive Centre at Bridgwater College on a block release basis to study for:

  • A Technical Certificate (VRQ)–provides the essential knowledge to do the job
  • Functional Skills–develops the literacy, numeracy and IT skills needed in the modern workplace

You will also undertake an VCQ at your workplace. This involves building a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you can do your job to a national standard. Your progress through the course is monitored by assessment, observation, assignments and tests.

What makes this course special?

For those who wish to “earn as they learn” this is the ideal course. An apprenticeship is a highly valued and widely recognised qualification throughout the automotive industry.

The Automotive Centre at Bridgwater College is a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence. Its superbly equipped workshops and classrooms offer the student the best possible learning opportunities. Teaching staff have relevant industrial experience and the College has been recognised as one of the very few grade one colleges in the country. We are also a lead partner in the Motor Industry Skills Consortium.

The College has 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
  • Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year 2009

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the Advanced Apprenticeship are grades A* – C or 9 - 4 in GCSE Maths and English, and for an Apprenticeship, grades D – G or 3 - 1 in GCSE Maths and English.

As well as being in relevant employment, you will need equipment such as writing pads, pens, rulers, calculators.

In order to help maintain your safety, we insist that you bring boots and overalls to wear in the workshops.

How long is the course?

An Apprenticeship takes two years, with a third year required should you progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

What are the progression options?

On successful completion of the course you will be a qualified professional vehicle body refinisher. You could progress to study units towards an HNC.

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