This programme of study will help you develop the skills required to enter a specific trade within the construction industry. You will gain the plastering and painting and decorating skills needed for construction, giving you the opportunity to progress to higher levels.
As well as improving your practical abilities, you will develop your skills in maths and English, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.
Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications and practical aptitude. Following a successful interview and initial assessment results, students will be allocated a place to study the practical and theoretical elements of the trades. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.
Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills, basic plastering, wallpapering and painting techniques.
Assessment is via observation of practical work. You may be required to undertake real trade projects on which you will also be assessed. Your maths and English skills will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You will need to supply your own safety footwear. A small charge may be made for other Personal Protective Equipment required to complete the course.
You can progress to a Level 1 Diploma in Plastering or Painting and Decorating as a full-time learner. There is also the potential to enter an apprenticeship or employment in the construction industry. If pursuing further studies, you will continue to develop your literacy and numeracy skills.
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.