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Course Code: AP2, AP3

Level: 2, 3
Subject area: Construction & the Building Trades
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two to three years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Do you want to become a plasterer? Or are you already working as a plasterer? City College Plymouth offers Apprenticeships in Plastering at intermediate or advanced level, leading to NVQ level 2 or level 3 respectively. Our intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSEs and will teach you all the basics of plastering, working safely and as part of a team as well as completing functional skills. Our advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to A Levels and will suit you if you’ve already learned good competent skills in plastering and have completed the intermediate Apprenticeship. On this advanced level course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare you for working on big commercial developments, small-scale domestic jobs, repairs and restoration. We will delve into the planning and organisational side in more detail. We will also introduce you to technique using more complex internal and external projects. We know our course will excite and challenge you to want to expand your career. Successful completion will greatly enhance employment opportunities and progression.

What you'll learn

This Apprenticeship will cover the following areas:

  • solid plastering
  • fibrous plastering
  • material selection
  • safe working
  • fixing and jointing plasterboard
  • in-situ moulds
  • running moulds
  • repairing existing plaster
  • installing cast mouldings.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. If you wish to progress to the advanced level, you will need GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) or an intermediate qualification.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. There will also be an end of course exam.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

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.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.