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Motor Vehicle Body Repair Operations Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This advanced apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications, that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a fully qualified panel beater in the vehicle crash repair industry. There is a constant demand for skilled technicians to repair crash damaged vehicles and continuing advancement in vehicle technology means that technicians need to have high technological knowledge as well as outstanding practical skills.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

You will need to have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body Repair. You will also need GCSE grades A*-C or 9-5 or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, or equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Removing and replacing structural vehicle body panels
  • Identifying and rectifying body misalignment
  • Body panel major repairs

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a number of methods, including practical tasks in the motor vehicle workshop and written and online exams for all units studied. Additionally, your competence will be assessed within your normal workplace.


You will gain the following qualifications:

IMI Vehicle Accident Repair Body Competence Level 3 Diploma


  • IMI Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles Level 3 Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress on to studying for a Level 4 Motor Vehicle qualification. 

Future careers: You could also further your career into a range of jobs, such as body shop controller, estimator or body shop manager.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 2 years Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Vehicle Technology Centre D913


Additional Learning Support
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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

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.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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