Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Paint Spraying

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Trafford College


Stretford Campus

Further Details


College 16-18


Motor Vehicle

Course Start Date

Monday 2nd September 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 1 Year

Course Time

Course Fee

£ 993.46
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Course Overview

This introductory qualification is aimed at young learners who have a keen interest to learn about vehicle paint refinishing and the different accident repair roles that are available in the retail motor industry.Learners under the age of 19 will also study Maths and English as part of the programme. During the course all learners are expected to undertake a work placement as part of their studies to gain vital industry experience.

The units on this course allow learners to cover a whole range of specialised areas including accident repair, paint preparation and spray painting.

Course Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 2 or above including maths and English Language.

What you will Learn

The course is a mixture of practical and theoretical knowledge. Approximately 50% of the work will be classroom based.

The practical element of the course takes place in our fully equipped motor vehicle paint shop, learners are required to provide their own safety footwear and protective overalls.


Assessment is by practical tasks and completion of a portfolio of evidence along with one multiple-choice online end test.


Successful candidates can progress on to the IMI Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Paint Principles or onto an apprenticeship.

Career Options

Panel technician, paint technician, mechanical and electrical trim technician

Mandatory Units

As part of the Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair – Refinishing learners will study the following units:

Health and Safety in the Workplace
Locating, Interpreting and Using Technical Information
Applying Engineering Techniques
Corrosion Protection
Accident Repair Core Knowledge and Skills
Vehicle Materials and Joining Methods
Preparation to Become a Vehicle Driver
Tools, Equipment and Materials for Accident Repair
Vehicle Paint Preparation
Application of a Topcoat and Minor Defect Rectification
Spray Guns and Their Components
Spraying Techniques
Primers and Sealers
Surface Preparation
Vehicle Masking
Exterior Valeting and Detailing
The Retail Motor Industry

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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