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Dry Lining Level 2 Diploma at West Lancashire College

Course description

Dry lining at Level 2 is ideal if you have some knowledge and basic skills in plastering or other interior systems, probably from a role where you have worked under supervision, or if you have studied a qualification at Level 1 in plastering or other construction trades. You are seeking greater recognition for your skills, and the opportunity to take on more responsibility.

This course is part of the standard level 1 route to a career in construction.

This course is for school leavers and adults interested in a career in construction ( Dry Lining )

Successful students tend to:

• have practical skills and good hand skills 
• be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions 
• be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
• have good communication skills
• be able to work quickly and neatly
• enjoy working with others

Course content

Much of the coursework is practical, working in the Plastering department to become a competent Plasterer. Theory is covered in order to assist and support the practical work. Flexible learning techniques are used to deliver theory, which include learning packages, group work, projects/assignments, demonstrations and videos.

All students will study the following:

You programme of study will consist of a Level 2 Diploma in Dry Lining, Functional skills Maths and English, Enrichment activities and tutorials

Course Requirements:

• All learners must have a recognised Maths and English qualification

• All learners must have a recognised level 1 or 2 qualification in Plastering

• All students must purchase the relevant kit prior to starting the course. Costs will be discussed at the enrolment and during the college induction.

• Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college

• Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times

• Learners must attend all sessions a minimum of 85% to gain the qualification certification and to progress onto the next level

Areas covered include:

Level 2 is ideal if you have some working knowledge of plastering - probably from taking a lower level of qualification, or working under supervision in the industry. You want recognition for your skills, giving you the chance to take on more responsibility. This qualification will enable that, particularly if taken as part of an Apprenticeship.

Unit 201/601 Health, safety and welfare in construction
Unit 101/501 Principles of building construction, information and communication
Unit 254 Install suspended ceiling systems
Unit 255 Install partitions
Unit 256 Install wall linings and encasement systems
Unit 257 Fix sheet materials using direct bond method
Unit 258 Apply taping and jointing systems to plasterboard
Unit 259 Understand specialist systems for dry lining and Interiors
Unit 260 Apply finishing plaster to plasterboard
Unit 261 Apply and finish sprayed plasters to plasterboard

Functional Skills:

• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Mathematics
• Level 1 or 2 or GCSE in Communication

Enrichment activities:

• Fun sports activities and competitions
• Fun trips
• Educational trips
• Industry visitors


• One to one target setting
• Group discussions
• College functions

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

From September 2015:

Theory Classes will take place at Main Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX

Practical Classes will take place at West Lancashire Construction Academy, Gillibrands, Skelmersdale, WN8 9JP

Entry requirements

Entry requirements is a recognised Level 1 qualification in Plastering; all successful candidates will be interviewed and selected for the course.


> Assessment is via an online core unit examination
> Awarding body phase tests
> Portfolio of knowledge

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course, including Functional Skills will allow you direct access into Level 2 in Plastering, or Level 2 General Construction Operations.

This course is designed to open up the world of Construction to students either as a continuing student or potentially as an employed trainee. Career progression opportunities include:-

• Labouring
• Plasterer
• Foreperson
• Site management

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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