Vehicle Accident Repair (Refinishing) - Level 1 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Automotive

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


This programme is ideal if you are a newcomer to the Automotive Retail Repair Industry which combines practical hands on training with a qualification.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 10:00
Duration: 35 Weeks
Venue: Motor Vehicle Centre, Invincible Drive

Who the course is for

The course is for people who are looking for a career in the Automotive Industry.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a IMIAL Level 1 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles.

2I hugely enjoyed the practical side of this course, in the current economic climate employers want experience, this is something I have achieved with this course".

Margarita Espinosa
IMIAL Level 1 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles (VRQ)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Trainee Vehicle Repair Operative - £15,000-£26,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Vehicle Repair Operative - £30,000-£40,000

Senior Level Role

Senior Vehicle Repair Operative - £40,000-£80,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Working Safely & Effectively
  • Vehicle Paint Application
  • Vehicle Paint Materials
  • Vehicle Paint Equipment
  • Vehicle Preparation
  • Technical Information


Learning Methods

You will undertake a mixture of workshop practical activities and classroom Technology sessions.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for this award is a combination of Practical Assessments and a multiple choice on-line examination.

Progression Opportunities

You could progress to an IMIAL Level 2 Diploma in Accident Repair Paint Principles or gain employment within the Paint Repair Industry with an Apprenticeship.

Career Opportunities

You could gain employment within the Automotive Industry

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, but you will be required to attend an interview which will include a diagnostic test and you will also need to complete an satisfactory induction period.

If English is not your first language, you will also need an IELTS score of 5.0 or above

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will be required to supply your own safety boots and suitable boiler suits. (Safety boots must be Chemical resistant and with a safety toe cap)

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.