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Painting and Decorating Diploma - Level 1 at Dudley College

Course description

This is a basic introductory course covering the practical and job related knowledge required for a career in painting and decorating. This course is aimed at school leavers or at those wishing to enter the construction industry for the first time. The level 1 diploma gives a good grounding in a trade with progression onto Level 2. It covers the following practical skills:

    • Erecting and Dismantling Access Equipment and Working Platforms
    • Preparing Surfaces for Decoration
    • Applying Paint Systems by Brush and Roller to non-complex areas
    • Applying Foundation and Plain Papers

Producing Specialist Decorative Finishes

Course content

The course consists of both practical and written units which must be completed to the awarding body criteria

    • Health, safety and welfare in construction
    • Principles of building construction, information and communication
    • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
    • Preparing surfaces for decoration
    • Applying paint systems by brush and roller to non-complex areas
    • Applying foundation and plain papers
    • Producing specialist decorative finishes
    • Work experience.
    • Functional skills/GCSE in maths & English

Performance improvement programme.

Entry requirements

A successful interview.


The assessment requirements set for this qualification are multiple choice knowledge tests and practical assignments.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.



Examples of financial help are:


Bursary fund



Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.




We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.


*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.


**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.


***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.


For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.

Future opportunities

Painting and Decorating Diploma Level 2.

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 February 2017
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      With purpose-built workshops and training units ready to equip our students to go into any of the construction trades such as bricklaying, plastering, plumbing, heating & ventilating and carpentry.