SCQF Level 5

Course Overview
Automotive Paint and Refinishing is an evening class held at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill campus once a week for 12-weeks. If you are interested in learning the basics of painting and refinishing, wanting to start a new hobby or aspiring to work in the automotive industry then this course is designed for you.  

The class is aimed at car enthusiasts wishing to develop their skills and knowledge of paint repair techniques used in the industry. The course is taught by teachers with industry experience using the latest industry technologies. During this course you will be shown the full repair process including component removal, surface preparation and paint application. You will be looking at several different systems and learning how to repair bodywork and paint components. These processes will be carried out on live vehicles in our workshops to best simulate a realistic working environment.  
What You Will Learn
  • Skills in Vehicle Bodywork and Paint Refinishing 
Entry Requirements
  • No formal entry requirements  
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continual assessment by workshop observation 
  • There is no formal examination for this course  

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) qualification in Body or Paint Refinishing 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
This course will enhance your knowledge in the automotive industry and can lead to entry level positions in the sector. 
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 1 evening per week for 12 weeks 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Edinburgh College automotive engineering student, Anthony Mailer, was awarded first place in the IMI Skill Auto Technology Qualifiers, beating five students from three other UK colleges at the Henry Ford Academy.  

“It’s been phenomenal, the whole experience. I couldn’t believe it when they called out my name as the winner of the first heat.” 

Read more of our student stories here. 
Start Date(s)


This course will start on…
  • 20/01/2020
End Date(s)


This course will end on...
  • 01/05/2020
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