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Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint Advanced (Level 3)

Bedford Motor Vehicle body FE


Motor Vehicle Body Repair & Paint Advanced (Level 3)

This Level 3 qualification will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills for vehicle body repair and paint, working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body businesses.

Available Courses
Brunel Road centre
Starts: 05/09/2022
Type: Full Time
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £4,170.00
Apply online Fee notes: If you need to pay for your course the fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

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Tresham College Motor Vehicle Level 2
Motor Vehicle


My interest in cars started when I began working in my dad’s garage. I did a year on a Mechanics course at College before taking some time out to do the Prince’s Trust work programme, which is a 12 week course. You get to learn new skills, meet new people and gain a qualification.

When I returned to College, I moved on to this Motor Vehicle course and recently won the ‘Most Improved Student’ award for the autumn/winter term.

I really enjoy working on the cars in the workshop. We usually have about six in there and we learn how to work on a car safely and the proper way to do things. This includes working on the brakes, the engine and using equipment such as the airgun to take the nuts off the wheel.

Coming to College has enabled me to learn to do things the right way and my dad also shares his experience with me at home. The tutors let you get on with your work independently during lessons.

Once I finish College I will work with my dad and one day I hope to have my own garage.

Course Information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Body Repair & Paint or Maintenance at Level 2

Course content
  • Subject units:
    • Removing, replacing and repairing body panels
    • Identifying and rectifying body misalignment ( JIG work) MIG welding techniques
    • Resistance spot welding operations
    • Understanding vehicle construction and materials
    • Working with plastic materials and components Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces Establishing paint defects
    • Applying topcoats (water based) and completing refinishing Colour matching – metallics and pearls
    • Blending/local repairs
  • English and maths:

If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.

  • Work experience

Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills

  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

You will also gain a broad knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace and other skills associated with working in a garage. The course is 50% workshop-based and 50% theory.

  • Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 3 Diploma
  • Vehicle Accident Paint Principles IMI Level 3 Diploma
  • English and maths qualifications if required

You can also gain up to 48 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can pursue employment in the motor industry, or undertake an apprenticeship in a related field.

You can also progress onto the IMI Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of approximately £24 for required clothing/uniform and £10 for any trips and visits.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.