Diploma in Accident Repair Body Principles Level 5/6

What is special about this course?

A comprehensive practical and knowledge based programme, this course prepares learners for work in the modern vehicle body repair and refinishing environment. The course is designed so that you can study for three years to achieve a Level 3 in both Vehicle Body Repair and Vehicle Refinishing. This allows students to choose which route they might prefer and provide them with a diploma in both disciplines. The department is equipped to a high standard, including the latest collision repair technology including welders and alignment equipment. This provides as environment that mirrors the modern vehicle repair industry.

Entry requirements

You should have two Standard Grades at 3 or above and you will be asked to undertake an aptitude test and discuss your application with a member of staff. You can also progress onto this course with a relevant Entry Level 3 Certificate.

You will study towards Level 3 vehicle body repair.  This will include using computerised chassis alignment to rectify vehicle chassis deformation, repairing extensively damaged vehicle body panels, resistance and mig brazing welding techniques on modern vehicle construction and mig welding to British standards.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; practical hands on; online; independent study

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

If you successfully complete two years you can leave the programme with a Diploma in Level 2 Body Repair and Level 3 Paint Refinishing Award, or continue for a third year to complete a Level 3 Body Repair award. Level 3 awards are the current industry recognised trade level qualifications.

Many of our students are equipped to start their own business or continue with an employer as a final year apprentice in one of these disciplines (body or paint), with the aim of earning a modern apprenticeship award in employment.

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