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Painting & Decorating Level 3 at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Painting & Decorating is designed to develop your skills and knowledge, enabling you to work in the industry of your chosen craft.

It has been specifically developed to be delivered in a training environment using simulated conditions, and the test(s) are based on the learner showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

Course content

On this course you will study the following units. These may be a progression from what you may have studied at Level 2.

General core units include:

Safe working practices in construction
Information, quantities and communicating with others
Building methods and construction technology

Occupation specific units include:

How to erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms
How to apply paint systems by brush and roller
How to apply hangings to walls and ceilings
How to produce specialist decorative finishes
How to carry out specialist architectural feature work
How to apply paint systems using airless equipment
How to prepare surfaces for decoration

A practical assignment and an on-line GOLA examination.

Entry requirements

Evidence of a Level 2 qualification in Painting & Decorating.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Pre-entry preparation:
Some background knowledge of the skills and techniques used in the industry would help and students may find it useful to do some background reading, using some of the trade journals and press reviews of the industry.

Good basic skills in communication and the use of the internet would also be an asset for the research of much of the subject area. Watching construction based programs and discussion groups would also help in preparing the student with terminology and phrases used in the industry.


To gain the diploma, learners must be successful in all units and the practical assignment. They must also pass the GOLA online test, a separate knowledge test set and marked by CAA.

Financial information

All full time courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2016. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment and the cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the college's learner support funds. You should apply for financial support as soon as you receive your offer letter.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing a Level 2 Diploma, you may wish to apply to advance your skills and techniques by studying for an NVQ. This qualification uses a combination of classroom and work based learning and can be taken as part of an Apprenticeship.

Alternatively, you may wish to gain employment as a trainee.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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