Painting and Decorating Diploma Level 1 and 2

It’s been really exciting to learn something new. With help from my course tutors, I have started to develop my drawing skills and have
produced detailed wall drawings both at College and in my own home… I have already had interest from people asking me if I could work on their walls.Mel, previous student.

Learn the trade of painting and decorating to allow you to kick start your career in the booming construction industry, or you could even start your own business. This industry recognised qualification provides a broad understanding of professional painting and decorating principles with training delivered in state-of-the-art workshops by ex industry craftsmen.

You will complete practical workshop assessments as well as computer-aided learning, providing a strong portfolio of work for gaining employment. You will also engage in GEM and GAP activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

This programme of study consists of two one year qualifications. The Level 1 Painting and Decorating Diploma  is designed to prepare you to enter the industry in your chosen craft. The Level 2 Diploma is designed to develop the skills and knowledge enabling you to progress your career in Painting and Decorating.

You will learn in a training environment that provides simulated conditions. Assessment is based on you showing what you can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

Practical sessions are combined with traditional classroom activities and computer-aided learning; these enable production of a portfolio of evidence. You will work towards passing end of unit theory tests, the practical assignments and the online test set and assessed by City and Guilds. A WorkSkills qualification will also be undertaken.

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  • Further Education
  • Full-Time
  • Colchester
  • Clacton

Two years

Year 1 (Level 1)
Year 2 (Level 2)

Start Date September 2017
Course Fees

16 – 18: Free
Year 1: £1,527
Year 2: £1,653

Fee Exemptions Apply
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Status Full Level 2


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