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Diploma in Construction (Painting and Decorating) Level 2* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description


Our Level 2 course in Painting and Decorating is the ideal starting point for those looking to start their own business or any career within the world of painting and decorating. 

This course will give you an introduction to the construction industry and will support you in continuing to develop your practical painting and decorating skills and a thorough understanding of the underpinning knowledge, before moving on to further study or employment.

Course content

What will I study?

  • Material selection and properties as well as developing your painting and decorating techniques
  • Hanging wallpaper, painting and varnishing techniques
  • Preparing surfaces as well as setting up and dismantling working platforms
  • Storing and handling tools
  • English and maths if required

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • Level 1 qualification in relevant subject such as painting and decorating or construction
  • GCSEs Grade A to D in English and maths
  • Commitment to the course and a passion for working in construction
  • Successful interview with a course tutor


How will I be assessed?
Your course assessments may include:

  • Assessed practical assignments
  • Online tests

Financial information

Tuition Fees

  • 16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees
  • Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees.
Contact the Enquiries Team on on 01709 513355 for advice and guidance

Future opportunities

What can I progress to?


  • Painting and Decorating Level 3


  • Painter and Decorator
  • Self-employed Painter and Decorator

Further information

Why study here?

  • Train within our dedicated construction centre, with specialist, industry-standard workshops for plastering, painting and decorating, joinery and carpentry and bricklaying.
  • Fully-experienced teaching team within extensive histories as employed and self-employed construction professionals within their trades.
  • Access to our huge range of branded products, tools, equipment and technology to support your skills
  • Gain additional, vital skills in maths and English, employability and more to ensure you are fully-prepared for the workplace
  • Take part in regular work placements within employers within the local construction industry to boost your skills and opportunities
  • Participate in industry competitions such as Skill Build, World Skills and Inter-college challenges to build your portfolio

Additional Information

You will be required to be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing including work trousers and safety shoes or boots.

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: 08 November 2017
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”

      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey


      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.