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Plastering Diploma Level 1 at West Lancashire College

Course description

Diplomas in Plastering provide a learner the opportunity to progress from beginner to advanced level plastering. It provides recognition of the knowledge and skills needed to work in this area of the construction field. Our qualifications are aimed at people wishing to learn some skills in plastering, to progress on to becoming skilled in their chosen trade, or to progress through an apprenticeship and work towards becoming a master craftsman.

This course is part of the standard level 1 route to a career in construction.

Who the course is for:

This course is for school leavers and adults interested in a career in construction.

Successful students tend to:

  • have practical skills and good hand skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions
  • be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work quickly and neatly
  • enjoy working with others

Course content

Much of the coursework is practical, working in the Plastering department to become a competent Plasterer. Theory is covered in order to assist and support the practical work. Flexible learning techniques are used to deliver theory, which include learning packages, group work, projects/assignments, demonstrations and videos.

All students will study the following:

You programme of study will consist of a Level 1 Diploma in Plastering, Functional skills Maths and English, Enrichment activities and tutorials

Course Requirements:

• All learners must have a recognised Maths and English qualification

• All students must purchase the relevant kit prior to starting the course. Costs will be discussed at the enrolment and during the college induction.

• Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college

• Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times

• Learners must attend all sessions a minimum of 85% to gain the qualification certification and to progress onto the next level

Areas covered include:

Level 1 Diploma in Plastering

Unit 201/601 Health, safety and welfare in construction
Unit 101/501 Principles of building construction, information and communication
Unit 121 Prepare background surfaces and mix plastering materials
Unit 122 Applying scratch coats to internal backgrounds
Unit 123 Fixing sheet materials
Unit 124 Applying floating coats to wall
Unit 125 Applying setting coats to wall

Functional Skills:

• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Mathematics
• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Communication

Enrichment activities:

• Fun sports activities and competitions
• Fun trips
• Educational trips
• Industry visitors


• One to one target setting
• Group discussions
• College functions

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but a recognised qualification in English and maths is expected, plus the enthusiasm and commitment to succeed. All students must display a positive attitude, be prepared to work as part of a team and have excellent attendance. All candidates will be interviewed to assess their eligibility for the course.


  • Assessment is via an online core unit examination
  • Awarding body phase test
  • Portfolio of knowledge

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course including functional skills will allow you direct access into a Level 2 Dry Lining Course, Level 2 Plastering or Level 2 General Construction Operations.

Alternatively you may decide to change direction and transfer to another construction qualification at Level 1:

> Carpentry and Joinery
> Bricklaying
> Construction & Civil Engineering

This course is designed to open up the world of Construction to students either as a continuing student or potentially as an employed trainee. Career progression opportunities include:-

• Labouring
• Plasterer
• Foreperson
• Site management

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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