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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR1PDN (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    This programme is designed to give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the Construction Industry and will provide the technical skills training to achieve a Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating. Progression from the Level 1 course would be to the Level 2 Diploma in P&D or an Apprenticeship in P&D.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance.

    You must be working at Level 1 or above in Maths and English, demonstrate commitment and motivation and be willing to study theoretical and practical components of the course. You will be required to take the CITB assessment paper to evaluate your ability to read and understand construction drawings.

  • What does the course involve?


    • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
    • Preparing surfaces
    • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
    • Applying foundation and plain papers
    • Producing specialist decorative finishes.

    You will have to achieve all units and you must also pass GCSE or Functional skills in English/maths, two online multiple choice knowledge tests, end of unit multiple choice tests and practical assessments.


  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task. In addition, you will be required to pass an end of year exam in order to successfully achieve the diploma.

  • How much does it cost?

    You will provide your own overalls, safety shoes, tools, classroom equipment and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities.

    If you are aged 19 or over fees may be payable on enrolment plus materials fees.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Jordan Phillips

Jordan Phillips

Level 1 Painting & Decorating
Previous school: Shrewsbury Academy

Painting & Decorating is a good trade to train in and offers great business opportunities afterwards. The tutors are good and I have learnt so much here – I have especially enjoyed learning how to wallpaper.

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Career Options

  • Painters and decorators

    Up to £30,000

  • Vehicle paint technicians

    Up to £33,000


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