The vehicle re-finishing programme includes paint preparation, chip repair techniques, spraying equipment set-up, matching paintwork, paint application, burnishing and polishing, identification and rectification of surface defects and cleaning and valeting. This VRQ covers the technical needs for basic repair and preparation procedures. It provides essential knowledge and skills for vehicle body paint operators, working on a wide range of vehicles, in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body paint businesses.
The Vehicle Accident and Repair (Paint Principles) Diploma Level 2 course has been designed to enhance students’ vehicle body repair/re-finishing skills, knowledge and understanding to Level 2.
The Vehicle Accident and Repair (Paint Principles) Diploma Level 3 is for learners who have already achieved a level 2 paint qualification and wish to develop their paint skills further.
The course will enable the learners to develop skills and understanding of the procedures for the refinishing of new and repaired vehicle panels.
This will be completed by working on real customer’s vehicles and simulated work. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.
The learning programme involves learners studying both the theory and practical aspects, including:
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.
Practical work will be undertaken in the workshops on our own vehicles, commercial projects and students’ own vehicles as appropriate.
This will be supported by both practical and theory lessons with a bias toward practical work.
Progression onto Level 3 is dependent on satisfactory results in the Level 2 Vehicle Accident Repair and Paint, and an interview.
Level 2: Employment in the body repair and re-finishing industry or further study and training, including progression to the Level 3 in Paint Principles
Level 3: Employment within the motor trade as a painter or the opportunity to study at a higher level of education such as HNCs and Foundation Degrees or look to specialise further in paint principles.
Applications for September 2023 open now!
The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications opened on Monday 3rd October at 12pm.
Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.
We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.
If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.
You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.
Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject. For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.
Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.
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Year 1: Level 2
Year 2: Level 3
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2023|
|Applications||Applications opened on Monday 3rd October 2022|
|Fee(s)||16-18 year olds: Free|
19+: Year 1: £1,875
19+: Year 2: £5,421
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Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.
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