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Painting and Decorating Diploma Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’d like to follow a career path in the construction industry as a professional painter or decorator, then this Level 2 Diploma in Painting & Decorating is the perfect place to begin, as you’ll develop a wide range of skills and knowledge specific to this sector.As a vocational qualification, you’ll be taking part in lots of hand-on, practical sessions, covering topics such as how to erect and dismantle the appropriate access equipment and working platforms, how to prepare surfaces for decoration, and how to apply paint systems by brush and roller. You’ll also look at the application of foundation and plain papers, the production of specialist decorative finishes, and how to effectively apply and create colour. The qualification is widely recognised in the construction industry, and will set you on the path to a rewarding career as a painter or decorator. As well as learning essential skills for the trade, you’ll also get to develop your functional skills in English and maths.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, you’ll need to have relevant GCSE qualifications at grades A-C, but we will take into account any previous experience too. You’ll also be asked to take an initial assessment in English and maths, along with an interview, before we offer you a place on this diploma.


Throughout this course, you’ll complete a range of practical, hands-on assessments in the workshop to build up your individual portfolio. You’ll also take some exams covering health and safety, the principles of building, and questions relating to the trade area.

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

After completing this Level 2 Diploma, an ideal next step is to develop your knowledge and skills even further with a Level 3 course in Painting & Decorating right here with us at The Manchester College. You’ll also have the qualification and relevant experience to enter the working world and follow a rewarding career path in the construction industry, working for house building companies, housing associations, property developers or other small businesses who repair and refurbish buildings. 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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    • The School of Building is one of the north west’s top centres for construction training.

      The Manchester School of Building is close to Openshaw Campus.

      The centre has excellent facilities for training in:

      • brickwork
      • carpentry and joinery
      • construction
      • heating and ventilation
      • painting and decorating
      • plastering
      • plumbing
      • scaffolding
      • wall and floor tiling
      • woodmachining

      Other facilities at the centre include:

      • SkillZone with IT facilities
      • canteen

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.