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Painting and Decorating Level 3 Diploma at Wirral Metropolitan College

Course description

Diploma Level 3 is ideal if you've worked in the construction industry and have plenty of experience. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your skills further and move into a senior role or a position with more responsibility.

Course content

The course has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions, and the test(s) are based on the student showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirement of the qualification.

The programme will enable you to study a wide range of skills, all of which will help you on your chosen career pathway, moving into employment or further training. You will get the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification linked to your chosen career.

Also, this programme will help you to improve your English, maths, and ICT, plus develop the personal and social skills which employers look for. You will be given support and guidance throughout your learning journey and your progress will be reviewed with you regularly.

It covers the following skills:

  • Erecting and Dismantling Access Equipment and Working Platforms
  • Applying Hangings to Walls and Ceilings
  • Producing specialist finishes for painted decorative work
  • Producing specialist architectural finishes for decorative work
  • Applying Water-Borne Paint Systems Using airless equipment
  • Applying water-borne paint systems using high volume low pressure (HVLP) spray equipment

Entry requirements

The successful completion of a level 2 diploma

Action planning - Students will work with their tutors to Action plan. Students are expected to know when they are ready to be assessed.

Information Technology - It would be helpful if you have used a computer before starting the course but if you have not got these skills you will be given a chance to learn.

Manual dexterity and physical stamina- The course requires physical fitness. You will need to lift and use tools and handle materials.

Communication skills - An ability to communicate one to one e.g. with a tutor or customer and in a group as part of a discussion.

English - Reading: Much of the course material is presented in work books. Students need an ability to read and understand these books. Technical language will be taught on the course.Writing: Students will need to produce some written assignments. Due to the technical language and the use of course literature it is recommended that entrants should have a minimum of Level 2 for this course.

Maths - Whilst high levels of numeracy are not required students will need to understand the four rules of number, metric measurements, volume and superficial areas. It is recommended that entrants should have a minimum of Level 2 for this course.

Before starting your course, you will take assessments in literacy and numeracy to make sure that you are working at the right level.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course.


Students must be successful in all units to pass the course. Students are tested in both their practical skills and theoretical knowledge. There are a series of practical tasks which are assessed and graded along with a series of multiple choice theory tests.

Financial information

Students will be expected to supply their own steel toe-capped footwear, white bib and brace overalls, a note pad and pen. A full City and Guilds workbook is provided for each student.

Further information

Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths already
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Metropolitan College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: R075
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  • Number of planned places: 7