York College

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Painters and decorators

Up to £19,000

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Level 1 Diploma should ideally have a minimum of 4 Ds at GCSE and will be assessed and interviewed prior to acceptance on to the course. Level 1 must be completed before progressing to the Level 2 Diploma.


The Diploma courses in Painting and Decorating are each one year in duration.

What will I study?

Level 1 units include:

  • Safe Working Practices in Construction Level 1
  • Information, Quantities and Communications Level 1
  • Knowledge of Building Construction Level 1
  • Preparing Surfaces for Painting and Papering
  • Applying Paint with Brush and Rollers
  • Apply Lining and Plain Papers
  • Produce Special Paint Finishes

All students will be expected to work towards completion of a Level 2 English and Maths qualification (as required) alongside this course to enable progression onto the Level 2 Diploma.

Level 2 units include:

  • Safe Working Practices in Construction
  • Information, Quantities and Communications
  • Knowledge of Building Construction
  • Wall Papering to Walls and Ceilings
  • Spray Painting

How will I be assessed?

Continuous practical assessment with end of year assignments.

What could it lead to?

On completion of the Diplomas students can progress onto an apprenticeship.

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