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Foundation in Painting and Decorating

This programme of study will help you develop the skills required to enter a specific trade within the construction industry.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Painting and Decorating
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Hudson Building
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Hudson Building

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Course Information for Students

You will gain the 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.

Foundation in Painting and Decorating:

  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 2 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Explore Painting and Decorating:

  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in Mathematics
  • GCSE grade 1 (or equivalent) or higher in English

Lower grades may be considered. However an initial assessment will be required prior to full acceptance. 

Both courses require an interview with a member of the Painting and Decorating team which will involve questioning your knowledge of what is involved in the trade.

Practical and theoretical tests will be delivered throughout the programme. Units will include safe working practices, communication skills, basic wallpapering and painting techniques.

You will learn on-site.

While we make every endeavour to run programmes as advertised, we reserve the right to cancel those which do not enrol sufficient numbers to make them viable.

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.

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 can progress to a Level 2 Diploma in 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.

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Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Painters and Decorators


Painters and Decorators

Aircraft Maintenance and Related Trades


Aircraft Maintenance and Related Trades

Construction and Building Trades


Construction and Building Trades

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 26, 2024 4:11 pm