York College

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Painters and decorators

Up to £19,000

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Vehicle paint technicians

Up to £28,000

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Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers

Up to £16,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year.

What skills and qualities do I need?

  • Outstanding commitment and enthusiasm
  • Good eye for detail
  • Outstanding attendance and punctuality

What will I study?

  • Principles of construction
  • Access equipment
  • Preparation of surfaces for decoration
  • Application of surface coatings
  • Application of papers to walls and ceilings
  • Producing decorative colour effects

How will I be assessed?

  • 003 or 503 Level 2 Painting and Decorating - Theory exam
  • 004 Level 2 Painting and Decorating - Synoptic assignment
  • 820 Employer involvement

What could it lead to?

This qualification will allow you to progress into employment or onto a Level 3 Advanced Technical/Diploma in Painting and Decorating. This will allow you to enhance the skills and knowledge that you have gained at Level 2, to progress into higher job roles such as an advanced craft painter and decorator.

This qualification could also lead you to an apprenticeship in construction. There are a number of new and exciting apprenticeships currently being developed in construction, including painting and decorating, so you could progress to be an apprentice working as a painter and decorator.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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