painting and decorating
Level 1, 2 & 3 Diploma in Painting & Decorating
1 year per level
1, 2 & 3
PC Code

For a career in painting and decorating you’ll need a lot of hands on experience. That’s why our courses are mainly practical and held in our purpose built painting and decorating workshops including rooms with ceilings, walls, chimney breasts, window reveals, skirting and door casings. You’ll start by learning the basic techniques of preparation, paint types and application before moving on to more complex projects developing your skills to industry standards.

What will I learn?

At all levels you will cover techniques to develop your skills. Areas include: Preparation of surfaces; Primers; Paint application methods (brush, roller and spray); Paint Types; Hanging wallpaper; and Using access equipment (steps, ladders, scaffolds). 

Level 1 & 2 includes: Communication; Using drawings and specifications; Building Construction; Specialist finishes such as rag rolling and sponging. Level 3 includes: Coving; Airless spray systems; Specialist finishes such as marbling, graining and gilding.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by industry experienced tutors developing practical skills in the workshop and your knowledge in the classroom. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • In Class Tests
  • Practical Demonstrations
  • Multiple Choice Tests

What can I do next?

After successful completion of a level you can progress to the next. After Level 1 and 2 you could seek employment as a Level 2 or 3 Apprentice. After Level 3 you could progress to the Preston’s College HNC in Construction.

Is there anything else I need to know?

There are opportunities to take part in SkillBuild and other related competitions. You’ll need white overalls and boots for the workshop and stationery for the classroom. All other tools are provided while you are in college.

Apprenticeship Progression: All construction students start at Level 1 in order to develop their skills for an Apprenticeship. A lot of students are recruited by employers straight from the classroom to a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship during, or at the end of, their Level 1 course.

Entry Requirements

A profile of mainly grade 2s (Es) at GCSE including English Language and maths. Level 2 & 3 are progression only.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

Any questions? Just ask!

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