Vehicle Accident Repair and Paint (Multi-Skills – Paint Refinishing and Vehicle Maintenance) Level 1

The Vehicle Accident Repair and Paint (Multi-Skills): Vehicle Maintenance and Paint Refinishing Diploma programme is designed for students wishing to enter into the repair or refinishing side of the motor industry. It is aimed at those who do not work within the industry and wish to gain formal qualifications through a full-time programme of study. You will master the basic repair skills needed for work on various vehicle systems and have an understanding of the related technology.

The programme will provide the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by potential vehicle technicians. Students successfully completing all units of study will have mastered the basic repair skills needed for work on various vehicle systems and have an understanding of the related technology. Assessment is based on external examinations with internal assessment of practical ability.

Practical skills and knowledge are delivered by demonstration and practical assignments in the workshop. Theoretical knowledge is delivered by classroom tuition, guided assignments, ILT, and personal study. In addition to your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, Maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

Vehicle Maintenance and Paint Refinishing Diploma course units include:

  • Workshop Safety
  • Body Repair
  • Body Refinishing
  • Engine Systems Technology and Workshop
  • Chassis Systems Technology and Workshop
  • Vehicle Servicing and Maintenance
  • Employability
  • Functional Skills

Learners are required to choose units, specific to their needs, across the listed groups above to achieve this Diploma. The Multi-Skilled route for Vehicle Accident Repair allows learners to have the flexibility to develop their knowledge and skills across a variety of specialist areas, preparing them for further studies and to potentially enter into a job role they desire in the future.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs (9-1) including English and Maths and an interview.

What Can I Do Next?

Futher study and training to level 2 is recommended. Progession to an Apprenticeship programme is also an option at level 2. Progression to Level 2 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Vehicle Inspection or Paint Refinishing.

Careers Advice and Guidance

The Careers Guidance team provides information, careers advice and guidance to students across all campuses. They offer confidential and impartial guidance interviews as well as a daily drop in service.They can provide help and support with a wide range of areas including:

  • Career choice
  • Progression Routes
  • Apprenticeships
  • Higher Education
  • Employability Skills

There is well a equipped Careers Centre containing information on careers and courses as well computer guidance software to help students choose and research suitable careers.

The careers guidance service has achieved the national quality award for the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance known as the Quality in Careers Standard. The service is also accredited by the matrix Quality Standard for information, Advice and Guidance.

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Vehicle Accident Repair Multi-Skills (Paint Refinishing and Vehicle Maintenance) Level 1
Course Outline: Designed for students wishing to enter into the repair or refinishing side of the motor industry
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year old study programme: Free


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