Plastering Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College
You will learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and career progression in plastering. You will study units such as: principles of building construction, information and communication; preparing background surfaces and mixing plastering materials; applying scratch coats to internal backgrounds; fixing sheet materials; applying floating coats to walls; applying setting coats to walls; and health, safety and welfare in construction.
On this full time 1 year course of study you will learn about and how to use different types of plaster, render, plaster board, all professional tools and equipment and you will gain the skills and techniques needed to start a career in the trade.
Here at Truro and Penwith College we have extremely realistic simulated work environments where you will learn and develop your practical skills. We also have all the professional tools and equipment for you to use to help make your study here as true to a real working site as possible.
During the course you will learn and develop your practical skills and techniques in sand and lime rendering, scratch coats and float coats and the use of lightweight plaster, as well as plaster boarding, both direct bond and mechanical fixing, applying setting coats, skimming.
If you are not exempt, there is a requirement to complete Functional Skills qualifications alongside mainstream study.
There are five practical units you study on this course all of which are assessed on the finish of the practical tasks and all also have an internally set end of unit multiple choice question test.
The practical units are:
Unit 121 Prepare Background Surfaces and Mix Plastering Materials
This unit comprises six different practical tasks all of which are assessed and three of the six will be assessed at pass, merit or distinction. The tasks are to:
- Prepare a solid background for plastering
- Prepare a timber stud partition for plaster board
- Prepare a pre-plastered background for plastering
- Prepare, gauge and mix a scratch coat (lime and sand)
- Prepare, gauge and mix a floating coat (lime and sand)
- Prepare, gauge and mix a floating coat (lightweight plaster)
Unit 122 Applying Scratch Coats to Internal Backgrounds
This unit comprises one practical task and one end of unit knowledge test. The practical task is apply a scratch coat (lime and sand mix) to an internal background and is assessed at pass, merit or distinction.
Unit 123 Fixing Sheet Materials
This unit is comprised of two tasks and an end of unit knowledge test. The tasks are to:
- Measure, cut and fix plasterboards to a timber stud partition
- Measure, cut and fix pre-formed beads and EML
Unit 124 Applying Floating Coats to Walls
This unit consists of two practical assessments and an end of unit test. Practical units are to:
- Apply a floating coat (lime and sand) to a pre plastered surface
- Apply a floating coat (lightweight plaster) to a pre plastered surface
Unit 125 Applying Setting Coats to Walls
This unit consists of one practical unit, applying a setting coat to a plaster board background, and an end of unit multiple choice test.
There are also two theory based units. The first is Unit 101 Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication, which is designed to give you a background knowledge of the construction industry as a whole. The other is Unit 201 Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction, these units are assessed through City and Guilds online end of unit multiple choice tests.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Level 1 Diploma in Plastering will be assessed through set practical units along with internally set multiple choice end of unit question papers and online exams.
Progression routes on completion of this course include advancement onto a Level 2 Diploma in Plastering, progression onto a Level 2 NVQ Apprenticeship in Plastering or employment within the construction industry.
Working within the Student Services area, the Student Support team will see you on a one to one basis and offer advice and guidance on financial, personal and emotional issues. A professional team of staff work together with your personal tutor to support you so that you can successfully complete your course and recognise pathways to progression after leaving college.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.