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Motor Vehicle Body & Paint Level 1 Diploma
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment and Exams 
Automotive/Motor Vehicle 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*-E or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language.

Motor Vehicle Body & Paint Level 1 Diploma

This Level 1 qualification covers the basic technical needs for today’s motor vehicle body and paint industry.

About the Course

This course provides essential knowledge for the body re-finisher working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of workshops, dealerships and specialist paint shops. The course will cover interpreting vehicle technical information, basic vehicle preparation, vehicle refinishing materials, tools and equipment, vehicle paint application and correcting minor defects. You'll also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage.

Key Units

Key units:

  • Health & Safety in the Work Place
  • Locating, Interpreting and Using Technical Information
  • Applying Engineering Techniques in an Automotive Environment
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Introduction to Low Carbon Techniques in the Automotive Industry
  • Vehicle Materials and Joining Methods
  • Preparation to Become a Vehicle Driver
  • Introduction to Mobile Automotive Repair Trades
  • Health & Safety in an Accident Repair Environment
  • Tools, Equipment and Materials for Accident Repair
  • Remove and Replace Interior and Exterior Trim
  • Electrical Foundation Skills
  • Spray Guns and Their Components
  • Spray Techniques
  • Cleaning and Maintaining a Spray Gun
  • Panel Removal and Refitting
  • Reshaping Minor Panel Damage
  • Application of Body Filler
  • Resistance Spot Welding
  • Introduction to MAG Welding
  • Paintless Dent Removal Techniques
  • Adhesive Bonding and Mechanical Fastening

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-E or acceptable alternatives, must include English Language.


Practical Assessment and Exams.

Where does this Lead

Throughout the course there will be opportunities to undertake work experience and progression on to an Apprenticeship programme.

Following success in this course you can apply to join a Level 2 Vehicle Body course. 

Future Opportunities

Career opportunities include working in Accident Repair establishments as a Body Repair Technician or as a Vehicle Refinisher. 

Tell Me More

Personal Study Time
You are expected to study independently in your own time, building up your knowledge of motor vehicle body and paint technology.

Will this course suit me?
You should have willingness and a desire to study on a motor vehicle course, be able to take in technical information and demonstrate practical ability in a workshop setting.

  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Accident Repair - Paint Refinishing
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Accident Repair - Body Repair
  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Accident Repair - MET (Mechanical/Electrical and Trim)

Extra Costs

  • Boots and overalls
  • Books
         1) Light Vehicle Body Repair and Refinishing - Andrews
         2) Principles and Practice of Vehicle Body Repair - Fairbrother