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Level: 2

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course is for those in employment who wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification in painting and decorating.  You will gain an insight into the opportunities within the profession as well as all the practical skills and experience you need to make rapid career progress.

Entry requirements

You should have a Level 1 construction craft qualification or GCSEs at grade D or above: English, Maths, Science and Design and Technology are desirable. You will have an interview and undertake a literacy and numeracy test.

Course Content

You will study:
  • Health and Safety
  • Materials, Tools and Equipment Identification and Use
  • Craft Skills
  • Industrial Knowledge

How will I be assessed?

Assessments involve observation of practical work in College and the workplace, as well as written and computer-based knowledge exams.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer should provide you with Personal Protective Equipment.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to an advanced apprenticeship in your chosen craft area or to other professional qualifications.


You can continue to develop your career as a construction operative. 

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This course is run at the Hudson Building

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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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