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Painting & Decorating:Level 1 Diploma at Suffolk New College

Course description

This is a study programme where you will learn basic practical aspects of Painting & Decorating in our modern workshops, with opportunities to progress to a higher level. You can test your skills against others at exhibitions and competitions, such as the Suffolk Show, while also having the chance to gain a greater understanding of working life by working on community projects. The course will also develop your personal, social and employability skills. You will learn about the trade and find out what you need to get a job by attending different exhibitions and attending a range of talks by local and national employers.

All students who have not achieved a grade C or grade 4, or above in GCSE English or Maths or both will need to study an English or/and Maths qualification alongside their chosen main qualification.

Course content

This foundation programme of study has been designed to give you a general introduction to the basic skills needed to progress into a career within the construction industry as a painter or decorator. Practical activities will include proficiency in the use, maintenance and storage of tools and equipment and the practice of basic paint application methods. Led by highly competent and qualified staff, you will gain essential basic skills and knowledge to prepare you for further study in this area of work. You must pass all practical and theory elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification.


Entry requirements

A profile of GCSEs at grade F or grade 1(or their equivalent).

Financial information

Tuition Costs 

No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2017. For all students aged 19+ please visit our website Details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learning Loans can also be found at the above website.

Additional Costs

Trips and visits, safety boots, polo shirt, overalls and textbook Level 1 NVQ/SVQ Diploma Painting & Decorating (ISBN 9780435048334)  

Future opportunities


82% of students who completed this programme have progressed onto the next level of study or have gone into employment


Further information

How Do I Apply

Come along to one of our open events and apply there, or online at

Support For You

Student support contact or 01473 382 738 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: EPD91F0
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