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Painting and Decorating

Course Code: DIPD2

Level: 2
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: CSkills
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

You’ve already learned the first steps in painting and decorating and you’ve had plenty of practice. Now, this CSkills level 2 diploma in painting and decorating at City College Plymouth can take your career opportunities to the next level. As you’ll soon be working on larger commercial developments or on smaller-scale domestic properties, we aim to introduce you to the planning, organisational and practical skills to complete projects as well as helping you to advance your hands-on technical skills. This course will give you everything you need to start work as a fully qualified painter and decorator.

What you'll learn

The main subjects covered are:

  • storing materials and equipment
  • preparing the work areas
  • applying paint materials by brush and roller
  • spraying water-borne coating using HVLP spraying equipment
  • applying wallcoverings
  • producing decorative effects (marbling, wood graining, stencilling and basic artexing techniques).

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this course you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at grades 3-1 (D-F) (including English and science)
  • an intermediate GNVQ
  • a BTEC first diploma
  • an NVQ Level 1/technical certificate.

You will be assessed under simulated working conditions by practical projects, knowledge assignments and questions. There is an external end test and health and safety test on completion of all units.

What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to:

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: DIPD2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A  or   B(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A  or   B

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.