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Painting & Decorating Level 3 at Gateshead College

Course description

This programme will develop your skills from the Level 2 Painting and Decorating programme.

Course content

  • Producing special decorative finishes such as marbles, wood grains, specialist stenciling and trompe l’oeil. 
  • Specialised architectural feature work, including restoration, gilding and plasterwork.
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment such as scaffolding, mobile scaffolds, steps, trestles, ladders and working platforms.
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration - washing down, rubbing down by hand and mechanical methods, filling and stopping.
  • Applying paint systems correctly using a variety of methods, tools and equipment.
  • Applying specialised papers and wall coverings to walls and ceilings.
  • Using specialised airless paint systems to achieve a professional finish.
  • Achieving a professional finish for multiple surfaces.
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others in the construction industry.
  • Building methods and technology in construction.
  • Carrying out safe working practices in construction.

Entry requirements

  • A vocationally revelevant Level 2 programme with GCSE English and maths at grade C or better
  • In addition to the entry requirements it is essential that you have evidence of either relevant employment or work experience in the business sector, which may include voluntary work.

Future opportunities

Fast-track to an apprenticeship

If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • This 3000 square metre facility is home to all our construction trade courses such as plumbing, electrical installation, painting & decorating and plastering with dedicated areas for each trade as well as a modern café.

      The facility ensures students and construction industry employers can further benefit from the college's experience in delivering specialist training in green and renewable energy technologies.

      These include solar photovoltaic, solar heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, heat pumps, biomass and combined heat and power training - all designed to enable the wider construction industry to gain new skills to remain competitive.