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Level 1 Diploma in Painting & Decorating at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

If you are thinking of a career in the Painting and Decorating industry then this course will give you all the basic skills you need to get started.

Course content

During the course you will gain an insight into the variety of buildings and structures that painters and decorators work on. You will be able to learn some of the fundamental techniques that are used in the industry and practice them in our purpose built workshop. You will learn how to prepare surfaces for decorating, apply paint using a brush or roller, and how to paste and hang paper. English and maths is an important part of this course

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction
  • Access equipment and working platforms
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
  • Applying foundation and plain papers
  • Producing specialist decorative finishes

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 1 Introduction to Basic Construction Skills qualification and GCSE's E-F in English and maths. Good school report for attendance and attitude to work and completion of SCCH ‘Get to know you and Assessment day'


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 60% of the assessment, coursework will make up 10% and 30% will be made up of exams. Constructive feedback from your tutor will 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 £30.

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 onto our Level 2 Painting and Decorating course or start an apprenticeship in the industry.

With additional training you may wish to start a career in the industry as a Painter and decorator

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.