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Painting & Decorating Level 3 Diploma at Somerset College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma develops learner’s painting and decorating skills at an advanced level. The course covers a wide range of skills that are required for industry. With a large focus on practical skills, you will be taught and set practical tasks that require the production of advanced painting and decorative skills.

Course content

The Level 3 units are:

  • Principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work
  • Applying hangings to walls and ceilings
  • Producing Specialist decorative finishes for decorative work
  • Producing specialist architectural finishes
  • Applying water-borne paint systems using airless equipment
  • Applying water-borne paint-systems using high volume low pressure (HVLP) spray equipment
  • Health, safety and welfare

Entry requirements

Entrants to this course will normally have undertaken the Level 2 Diploma in painting and decorating. Acceptance is via interview and prior experience will be taken into consideration.


Your painting and decorating knowledge and skills will be assessed in a range of ways by your course tutor. These will include:
• Observation of your practical work
• End of unit practical tests (marked against industry standards)
• Production of a portfolio of your knowledge and practical work
• On-line multiple choice end of unit knowledge tests
• Practical and knowledge workbooks

Future opportunities

You can gain employment and work towards an NVQ qualification in the workplace with an employer. You could progress on to a higher level construction course. The college has a range of design, supervisory and management construction courses up to level 7. These include, National Diplomas, HNC’s and civil engineering qualifications.

Gain employment with a construction company or enter the industry as a self-employed tradesperson. You could then work your way up to a supervisory or site management position.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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