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Painting and Decorating Level 1

Course title: Painting and Decorating Level 1 Course level: Level 1
Qualification: Diploma Awarding body: Cskills/Nocn
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2018 - 2019
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: One year
Venue: Broad Oak Campus


This course covers all the elements of Painting and Decorating from preparing surfaces to industry standards to applying water based and solvent based coatings and hanging high quality wallpapers to ceilings and walls.

You will work in a purpose built workshop that is designed to stretch and challenge all learner’s skills and knowledge during training for synoptic end assessments using the very best, up to date resources that the industry has to offer. Theory classes are held in modern classrooms with excellent resources and taught by experienced and knowledgeable staff.

Over the year, you will achieve the qualifications by attending college three days per week. (Full time only)

Modules and units

This course covers all elements of painting and decorating and site work.  Other related subjects include:

  • Application of wallcoverings and decorative effects
  • Applying water based and solvent based coatings
  • Preparation of surfaces
  • Working at height.

Units include:

  • Apply foundation and preparatory papers
  • Apply paints by brush and roller
  • Building methods and technology
  • Carry out safe working practices
  • Erect and dismantle access equipment
  • Information and quantities
  • Preparation of surfaces
  • Produce broken colour work.

Entry requirements

Ideally, you will have GCSEs in English and maths at grade D/3
 or above.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

How will I be assessed?

Your diploma will be assessed by practical end tests and online end of unit tests.

Progression and employment

Successful completion of this study programme can will lead to the Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating study programme or ideally in to an apprenticeship.

How much will the course cost me?

This course is free of charge for 16 – 18 year olds. There may be an additional cost for trips and equipment but this will be disclosed prior to starting your course.

How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.

Additional and key information

Much of the theory content and written work of this course will be available on-line through the College’s “itslearning” virtual learning environment. Candidates must be prepared to use IT as part of their learning.

If you have any queries please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01254 354354 or email

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