Painting & Decorating

The course gives you the basic practical skills to enable you to follow a career in Painting and Decorating. The course has been designed to help students underpin knowledge deemed necessary to enable progression to the Level 3 Craft Diploma.

Units to be covered:

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  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Prepare surfaces for decoration
  • Apply standard papers to walls and ceilings
  • Apply paint systems to brush and roller to complex areas
  • Producing specialist finishes for decorative work
  • Creating and applying colour
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms.
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    Each theory unit has its own multiple choice test and practical assessments are set by the awarding body.

    We will look to offer work experience wherever possible. In the past level 1 students have created decking areas and manufactured bookcases for schools and other departments within the College.

    On completion of the course you can progress on to Level 2 Painting and Decorating or on to the part time apprenticeship course if you have gained suitable employment.

    Level 1 – 3 x GCSES at grades E or level 2/3 (including English and Maths)

    Explanation of entry requirements
    • Brickwork
    • Plastering
    • Joinery

    The course is free to 16 – 18 year olds.

    Study Programme


    All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

    This means you will:

    • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
    • Participate in meaningful work experience
    • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
    • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development