Diploma in
Automotive Accident Repair Principles (Body & Paint Multiskilled) Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

This course is designed for those who wish to learn how to repair and refinish accident damaged vehicles.


Why take this course?

This course will teach you how to repair accident damaged vehicles, and is designed to cover everything you’ll need to know - from cover body repairs, panel replacements and preparing vehicles for paintwork, to welding and bonding techniques.

The broad range of skills acquired will place you in a strong position for progression towards further study, an apprenticeship or employment.

What you will experience

This very practical course will involve the removal, repair and refitting of panels, MIG and spot welding, car valeting and paint preparation/refinishing techniques. You will also study health and safety and working relationships within an automotive working environment.

female student in a high visibility vest holding a spirit level

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade Foundation/General level qualification in Maths, English or a technical subject.

An interest in motor vehicles is an advantage. Please note that candidates should be over the age of 16.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

This course can lead on to a variety of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities, e.g. in Light Vehicle Mechanics or Vehicle Body Repair & Refinishing. 


Career opportunities are available in automotive garages and repair facilities, and many will also consider starting up their own business at sometime in the future. In this industry, common employment roles include:

  • Automotive Fitter
  • Paint Specialist
  • Painter
  • Panel Beater
  • Repair Technician

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.