Accident Repair Body Principles Diploma Level 5

Perth College UHI


Main Campus


This 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.


Year 1
Focuses on safety, minor and basic vehicle repairs, thermal joining processes (welding) removing and refitting non-structural vehicle body panels and vehicle body construction. After completing this year successfully, you will have achieved a Level 5 in vehicle body repair.

Year 2
You will be studying towards Level 5 and 6 vehicle refinishing processes. This will include mixing and matching water based paint systems, repairing paint problems and paint defects, repairing and painting vehicles using various refinishing techniques.

Year 3
You will study towards Level 6 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.

Achievement is by examination and assessments taken during each year.

Entry Requirements

2 subjects at National 4 or 5, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4 or 5. Aptitude test.

Progression Routes

If you successfully complete two years you can leave the programme with a Diploma in Level 5 Body Repair and Level 6 Paint Refinishing Award, or continue for a third year to complete a Level 6 Body Repair award. Level 6 awards are the current industry recognised trade level qualifications.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

3 years


Energy, Engineering and Construction

SCQF Level


Career Area

Garage Services

Career Sectors

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Vehicle Related Services

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