Building and Decorating Courses

Our building and decorating study programmes are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of the construction and building industry sectors and their professional expertise is valued by our students. There are excellent facilities, with training areas designed to simulate the working environment.


A career in Brickwork and craft masonry offers a wide range of employment opportunities such as working on new builds and refurbishments. Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.

Painting and Decorating

As a painter and decorator, you would work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects ranging from re-decorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges. On a domestic job, you would use paint, varnishes and wallpaper to decorate rooms. You would follow the householder’s instructions about choice of colour, finishing texture and wallpaper patterns. To be a painter and decorator, you should have good practical and creative skills. You will need to be able to work carefully and pay attention to detail. Sometimes you’ll need a good head for heights.

Professional and Technical Construction

The construction industry is fast moving – techniques and technologies develop rapidly and legislation is always changing – and this is reflected in our course content and delivery.

Our courses are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge and experience in the industry and their professional expertise is valued by our students. There are excellent facilities, with training areas designed to simulate the working environment. Further Education qualifications include nationally recognised BTEC diplomas, whilst apprenticeships are also available, allowing students to earn while they learn, as well as gaining first-hand experience of the industry sector in a working environment.

Professional technical construction and building services programmes provide learners with an excellent opportunity to gain a qualification and develop skills for the construction industry; there are a number of career paths available and many job prospects both locally and nationally.

Higher education courses in professional technical pathways – quantity surveying and site management are offered at University Centre Colchester, which provides a great range of specialist facilities for students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas. Our Honours Degree course programmes have been designed in consultation with the regional employers in the industry sector and are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which continues to officially recognise our BSc (Hons) Construction Management degrees as educational programmes that promote excellence in the built environment. Also, our continuing links with employers enable students to benefit from high quality work placements and to learn from industry specialists.

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I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to work in a managerial role on-site; it has provided an excellent grounding for re-entry to my career at a higher levelIan Puttock - FdSc Construction Management alumni

As well as Further Education courses for school leavers and evening courses for adult (19+ learners), apprenticeships in brickwork and groundworking are also available, allowing students to earn while they learn, as well as experiencing first-hand experience in a construction environment and gaining the relevant training and education required to become a successful crafts-person in brickwork and other associated trowel trades. Career pathways may include working on new builds and refurbishments, from small domestic projects to major ones such as public buildings.

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Bricklaying Level 1/2/3
Construction and the Built Environment Level 3
Multi-Skills (Trades) Level 1
Painting and Decorating Level 1/2

Tiffany-Rose Dyer, Painting and Decorating Level 2

"Every day I am at College I feel that my work is improving. I like that I get to work alongside my friends too."

Lee Gower, Brickwork Level 2

"The course is lots of fun and is very hands-on. The tutors are really helpful, knowledgeable and kind and I’ve found it a good environment to study and learn in."

Kaiylah Scott, Multi Skills (Construction) Level 1

"At Colchester Institute there’s endless courses and unlimited knowledge to gain. The tutors on my course have supported me throughout my college journey. I’m so thrilled I chose Colchester Institute and I would happily do it all over again."

Brickwork Intermediate Apprenticeship
GroundworkerLevel 2 Apprenticeship

Bricklaying Certificate in Construction Skills City & Guilds 6219-08 (P/T Evening)
Level 1 Construction Skills Certificates(Various Trades)

Certificate of Competence in Environmental Noise Measurement
Construction and Building ServicesHNC/FdSc/BSc Programmes
Working at Height Awareness