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Level 2 Diploma in Painting & Decorating at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this course you will be able to expand your knowledge and technical ability to help prepare you for a career in the industry.

Course content

During this one-year course you will develop your existing knowledge and learn more advanced techniques and principles of painting and decorating. You will learn some more advance painting techniques such as how to paint in complex areas with brushes and rollers. You’ll learn how to erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms, and practise producing specialist finishes for decorative effect. You will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement and improve your English and maths skills during the course.

During this course you will cover topics including:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principals of building construction
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller to complex areas
  • Applying standard papers to walls and ceilings
  • Producing specialist finishes for decorative work
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating and GCSE's A*-D in English and maths or equivalent qualification. Good report for attendance and attitude towards work.


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 60% of the assessment, coursework will make up 30% and 10% will be made up of exams. Accuracy and completing tasks within a specified time frame will be important to the successful completion of the course. Constructive feedback from your tutor will also help you to improve and progress towards recognised industrial standards.

Financial information

A range of specified PPE and a basic painting kit and equipment will be required for this course and will cost approximately £40.

The PPE required will consist of safety boots, white bib and brace overalls and navy/black polo shirt. There are also a number of opportunities throughout the year for various construction related trips which may also incur a cost.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you could progress into an apprenticeship or study our Level 3 Painting and Decorating course.

You may wish to start your career in the industry and could find roles as an Industrial Painter, Specialist Paperhanger or go into Property Maintenance.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2018
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    • Less than a mile away from our Station Plaza campus, Ore Valley takes under a minute by train from Hastings Town Centre and has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas. In the central atrium, students construct, wire, plumb, fit-out and decorate a full-size house. Students here have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a Learning Resource Centre, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop.

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.