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Level: N/A

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Tuesday 18:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 95.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Have you ever wanted to learn the correct way to hang wallpaper or perhaps learn about tiling?

Our DIY experts have designed this practical and hands-on six-week course to enable adults to take on a variety of common DIY repair and improvement tasks around the home.

Entry requirements

The course is open to all adults aged 19+.

There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in construction and saving money!

Course Content

Working within a welcoming and relaxed group environment, our construction expert will provide in-time group demonstrations and tips before you proceed with each DIY task.

We will cover everything from the importance of health and safety to the correct use of materials and tools for each activity.

Example session outlines:

Week 1:

  • Bricklaying

Week 2:

  • Decorating/wallpapering

Week 3:

  •  Tiling

Week 4:

  • Plaster-boarding/plastering

Week 5:

  • Plaster-boarding/plastering continued

Week 6:

  • Individual projects
  • Course summary

We will encourage you to discuss your household projects so they can be incorporated into our group exercises.  Ad-hoc group discussions on more in-depth subjects will also be considered and agreed by group consensus.

Please contact our Learning for Leisure team should you have any questions concerning this.

How will I be assessed?

There are no assessment criteria - just observe, have a go and enjoy!

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

All materials will be included in the cost you pay.

Please note that you are likely to get messy, so consider wearing appropriate clothing.  You will be working within a practical environment so steel-capped safety shoes must be worn in the workshop at all times.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You could consider studying:

• Home Carpentry and Joinery for Beginners

• Introduction to Bricklaying

• Introduction to Plastering

• Plumbing Around the Home

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Hudson Building

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About the Hudson Building»

Angela Ward

Angela Ward

Brushing up on skills for a decorating business

Mother-of-two Angela Ward returned to Derby College to study painting and decorating with a clear goal in mind – to set up in business.

With skills and qualifications under her belt, she is now planning to launch her own venture decorating children’s bedrooms with bespoke artwork and murals.

Angela had previously worked with elderly people as a carer before giving up her job to bring up her children. But she was determined to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, so enrolled at College as a mature learner.

Her high quality work, dedication and professional approach earned her the Construction Built Environment prize, sponsored by Bowmer & Kirkland, at our 2014 Peak Awards.

It has been a struggle to juggle College and home life but I have loved every minute of it. The Peak Awards were a lovely way to finish my Derby College experience.
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