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Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 3 Diploma (Part-time)

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Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 3 Diploma

This Level 3 qualification covers technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including diagnosis and rectification procedures for major accident damage. It provides essential knowledge for the body repair industry, working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.

Available Courses
Brunel Road centre
Starts: 23/09/2021
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £4,170.00
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Course information

Entry requirements

To start this course you will need to have completed Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma or equivalent.

Course content

This course involves theory and practical aspects, including:

  • Removing, replacing structural body panels
  • Identifying and rectifying body misalignment
  • Jig work (using a measuring system)
  • Major accident damage repair

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. This qualification also forms the knowledge component (technical certificate) of the IMI SSC Accident Repair Advanced Apprenticeship framework (Body).

Assessment methods

Assessment is through written phase tests, online multiple choice exams, and practical workshop based tasks that are individually assessed. On successful completion you will gain IMI certification. The course is 50% workshop-based and 50% theory.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the course you could progress into employment in the industry. Former students have progressed to local industry or are now running their own businesses.

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

Additional information

During this part-time course you will need to attend College for one day a week, with a balance of training being undertaken at the workplace. You will need to provide your own safety equipment for the course, including footwear, overalls and safety goggles.


Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free, as part of the National Skills Fund.

Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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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 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.