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Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 3 Diploma

This Level 3 qualification covers technical needs for today’s motor vehicle repair industry, including diagnosis and rectification procedures for major accident damage. It provides essential knowledge for the body repair industry, working on a wide range of vehicles in all types of garages, dealerships and specialist body repair shops.


Entry requirements

To start this course you will need to have completed Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles IMI Level 2 Diploma or equivalent.

Course content

This course involves theory and practical aspects, including:

  • Removing, replacing structural body panels
  • Identifying and rectifying body misalignment
  • Jig work (using a measuring system)
  • Major accident damage repair

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. This qualification also forms the knowledge component (technical certificate) of the IMI SSC Accident Repair Advanced Apprenticeship framework (Body).

Assessment methods

Assessment is through written phase tests, online multiple choice exams, and practical workshop based tasks that are individually assessed. On successful completion you will gain IMI certification. The course is 50% workshop-based and 50% theory.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the course you could progress into employment in the industry. Former students have progressed to local industry or are now running their own businesses.

Additional information

During this part-time course you will need to attend College for one day a week, with a balance of training being undertaken at the workplace. You will need to provide your own safety equipment for the course, including footwear, overalls and safety goggles.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 24/09/2020 Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £3835 Vehicle Technology Centre BKD1198

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If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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