PLASTERING - LEVEL 1

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Level: Level 1
Last Updated: 23-07-20

The Level 1 Plastering course at Preston's College provides an introduction to the plastering trade and is ideal for those with little experience, hoping to learn the basics of this in demand trade. You do not need to be employed in the construction sector to undertake this course, as all practical training is carried out in our purpose built workshops. The course provides a strong introduction to a range of modules, ranging from basic plastering and tiling techniques to knowledge of plastering and tiling tools and health and safety.

Successful completion of the course provides opportunities for progression onto the Level 2 Plastering course here at Preston's College.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

As part of the Level 1 Plastering course you will study a range of modules, including:

  • Basic Hand Skills
  • Basic Plastering Technique
  • Rendering
  • Floating/Applying Undercoat Plasters
  • Plastering/Skimming
  • Fixing Plasterboard
  • Basic Tiling
  • Knowledge of Plastering/Tiling Tools
  • Health and Safety
  • Understanding the Construction Industry
  • Employability Skills

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

As a plastering learner at Preston’s College, you will perfect your skills in purpose built workshops consisting of 10 work bays, with 40 set out spaces, allowing all learners to have a dedicated, personal workspace that is reflective of industry. The workshops, part of the wider construction department, replicate a live, working environment, providing a real flavour of what life in industry is like. In addition, the vast majority of time on the course is spent in the workshops, as this is a highly practical course.

The size of the workshop allows a range of learners and apprentices to often be in the workshop at the same time, meaning all learners get to experience what life in industry will be like, whilst also seeing a variety of work levels.

The course aims to stimulate a real life environment that will test and challenge plastering skills, with work experience opportunities, guest speaker presentations and demonstrations from organisations such as British Gypsum and Wetherby’s, alongside local trips and visits also making up part of the programme. There are also opportunities to compete in local and national competitions, such as the CITB organised skillsbuild.

As our on-site facilities reflect industry working practices, you will be required to purchase and wear suitable PPE, including work boots and overalls or clothes that you do not mind getting dirty – plastering is a messy job!

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The nature of the Level 1 Plastering course means that this is a very practical programme, with classroom learning and written work forming a very small part of the course. As a result, there are no formal exams. Learners are required to complete a portfolio of work but over 80% of course time is spent in the workshops, perfecting newly learnt skills.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

This Level 1 qualification will give you an introduction to Plastering, this means that you will learn the hands-on skills and knowledge required for progression onto our Level 2 Plastering course, upon successful completion. 

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

The nature of the Level 1 Plastering course means that this is a very practical programme, with classroom learning and written work forming a very small part of the course. As a result, there are no formal exams. Learners are required to complete a portfolio of work but over 80% of course time is spent in the workshops, perfecting newly learnt skills. In addition to the Level 1 qualification, there is an opportunity to gain a CSCS card, whilst on the course.

In order to develop your technical skills, you will be required to purchase professional equipment including:

> Appropriate Safety Boots
> Overalls (OR old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty)

All other equipment will be provided. Preston’s College recognises that kit and uniform costs can be a worry, but you may be entitled to financial support from the college bursary. Full details will be provided in your enrolment Welcome Brochure.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however you will be required to demonstrate your enthusiasm to learn the practical skill of plastering and all associated theory.

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