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Painting and Decorating Cskills Level 3 Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

This course will give you the confidence to manage small projects and provide you with the skills needed to decorate complex surfaces, whether with paint, paper or metal leaf. This Level 3 course will involve more research than tuition, so you will be expected to solve problems and manage your own learning to meet the course requirements.

Course content

This course will provide you with the knowledge of a variety of decorative techniques, including applying wide and specialist wall-coverings to complex surfaces, installing lincrusta onto walls, replica faux painting of marbles and woods, applying metal leaf and spray-painting.

During the course you will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Carrying out safe working practices in construction
  • Information, quantities and communication with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
  • Applying hangings to walls and ceilings
  • Producing specialist decorative finishes
  • Carrying out specialist architectural work
  • Applying water-borne paints using airless spray equipment
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration.

Entry requirements

To take part in this course you will need to have completed a Painting & Decorating Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills, or an equivalent level qualification in Painting & Decorating.


You will be assessed via a practical test at the end of the training period. There will also be an online knowledge assessment.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you could progress on to employment into the construction industry, or undertake one of our part-time foundation degrees in a relevant subject.

Further information

To take part in this course you will be required to pay £20 for uniform/equipment and £20 for a course textbook to aid your studies. You will also need to pay £10 to attend educational event(s) that complement your course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 February 2016
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