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Plastering Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’ve always wanted to work as a plasterer, or you have an interest in learning more about the plastering trade and the skills it requires, this is a fantastic course to start with. You’ll learn the principles of construction and the importance of health, safety and welfare in the industry, as you begin to develop the skills needed in applying plastering materials to interiors and fixing dry linings and plasterboards. Covering a wide range of areas and helping to expand your knowledge in a number of different areas, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on either solid or fibrous plastering. This will help you to hone your abilities and lay the groundwork for a successful career.

Entry requirements

We don’t have any formal requirements for this course, and it’s ideal for 16 year olds who are considering a career in the construction industry. You will have to sit some basic assessments in Maths and English before you enrol, but this is nothing to worry about. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


Throughout this course you’ll be building up an individual portfolio from a number of different practical assignments in the workshop that will demonstrate the skills you are learning. You will also have to take some online tests relating to health & safety and the principles of building topics you will cover.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

This qualification will help lay the foundations for a career as a plasterer, and is widely recognised in the construction industry. It will also give you the skills to deepen your knowledge further by completing an NVQ Diploma in Plastering with us at The Manchester College. From here, you could find yourself with a job as a solid or fibrous plasterer, working for a house building company, a property development company, or as part of a small business team repairing and refurbishing buildings. You’ll have the skills to succeed along a number of career paths in the construction industry. Link to Careers or Link to Careers 2

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Wythenshawe Campus was opened in 2010 and offers a wide range of courses for school leavers and adults, including construction and motor vehicle. The campus is built to be environmentally friendly and has innovative technology to save energy and re-use resources. These include solar panels, wind catchers for natural ventilation and rainwater harvesting tanks.

      Facilities at Wythenshawe Campus include:

      • three storey sixth form teaching block
      • air cabin
      • hair studios
      • workshops
      • science labs
      • canteen
      • fitness suite
      • sustainability centre
      • gourmet training restaurant (3rd Floor Restaurant), open to the public

      Local area

      Wythenshawe is a suburb of south Manchester. Wythenshawe Campus is built in the centre of the community, 15 minutes’ walk from the civic centre. The campus has it own gardens and places to sit outside, while Wythenshawe itself has several large parks and woodlands. The civic centre has a supermarket, shops, post office and fast food chains and there are some smaller shops opposite the campus. The campus is just over two miles from Wythenshawe Park; a beautiful green space with community farm and historic buildings.