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Painting and Decorating - CSkills Award Level 1 at West Thames College

Course description

This course is held at the Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham and covers all aspects of painting and decorating including preparing surfaces, working efficiently, applying wallpapers and basic specialist paint finishes. The course includes trips and visits and provides a good basis for further study or to start work.

Course content

You will study:

  • Storage of materials and equipment
  • Erecting and dismantling basic working platforms
  • Working efficiently
  • Preparing the work area for operations
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying paint materials by brush and roller
  • Applying standard wallpapers to non-complex areas
  • Applying basic specialist paint finishes.

There may be an opportunity to visit other sites and the Building Exhibition.

Entry requirements

None but you will have an interview and an initial assessment.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


The course is assessed through a combination of practical projects, written assignments and written tests. You will also have to complete a phase test and two multi-choice papers and provide work-based evidence.

Financial information

The course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

Level 2 or Level 3 Painting and Decorating, or find employment or an apprenticeship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.