SCQF Level 5

Course Overview
This course is applicable to automotive paint apprentices employed within the industry. 

This Vocational Related Qualification (VRQ) covers the technical side of basic repair and preparation procedures in the industry. During this course you will learn essential knowledge and skills needed when working on vehicle body paint repairs. You will work on a wide range of vehicles found in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body paint businesses. 

The course is taught at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill campus in our workshops and lecture rooms by teachers with industry experience. Workshop learning will allow you to work on live vehicles to best simulate a realistic working environment. The workshops have all the necessary resources for you to fully engage in the motor vehicle industry.  

This course runs as a block-release. Block-release will involve students studying for 8 one-week blocks throughout the academic year. You will spend the remainder of your time working at your employers gaining vital industry experience. 
What You Will Learn
The SCQF 5 course involves studying both the theoretical and practical aspects of the industry, including: 

  • Preparing Metal and Pre-Painted Surfaces 
  • Preparing and Applying Fillers and Foundation Materials to Vehicles 
  • Repairing Minor Paint Defects 
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. 
Entry Requirements
  • You must be on a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme 
Entry qualifications are set by your employer but are generally: 

  • National 4 or above in English, Mathematics, Science or a Technical subject is desirable 
  • A consultation with the employer and Modern Apprenticeship advisor is essential.
How the course is assessed

The assessment is made up of two components which are set by the awarding body: 

  • The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) set practical tasks 
  • IMI set online testing

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • This automotive trade specific course will give you a qualification that can progress to further study at a higher level 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
This course will allow you to progress to a higher level within your Modern Apprenticeship. 
Number Of Days Per Week

Block-release – 8 one-week blocks throughout the academic year  

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Hungarian-born 25-year-old Tibor moved to Edinburgh in 2011 to pursue his dream of working in the automotive industry. After studying a panel beating course at college in Hungary, Tibor later came to Edinburgh College to study. 

Despite having limited English when he started his course, he achieved his Level 1, 2 and 3 Diploma and was voted Automotive Student of the Year at the college’s 2017 prize-giving awards. Tibor also won an award for Outstanding Student at the Institute of the Motor Industry’s annual Outstanding Achievers Awards 2017. 

Studying at college helped Tibor to gain employment at Stagecoach Bus where he works as a mechanic. He also recently achieved his IMI Level 3 in Heavy Vehicle Repair and Maintenance through his work. 

Read more of our student stories here. 
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