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Painting & Decorating Level 1 Diploma at Heart of Worcestershire College

Course description

Are you practical and creative? Do you enjoy working on projects and seeing the results of your hard work? Have you ever considered a career as a Painter or Decorator? If the answer is yes, then this could be he perfect course for you. 

Our Level 1 Diploma will introduce you to this specialist craft and help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to start work or progress to further training. Our course balances theory with some great hands-on experience. You will learn the vital skills you need to become a Painter and Decorator, starting with basic techniques such as; preparing surfaces for decorating, organising your work area, applying wallpaper and using brushes and rollers to apply paint. You will also explore different paint finishes and learn how to produce special decorative finishes. In addition to your practical training, you will also learn how to select different quantities of materials, how to communicate with other professionals, and how to identify different building materials and explain how they are used. Our course also covers aspects of health and safety.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You will need to have an interest in painting and decorating and be prepared to undertake an entry assessment during your interview.


The course is broken down into different units and you will complete online tests at the end of each unit. You will be issued with a workbook, which will be marked at the end of each task. Your workbook is a folder where you will keep information about each practical task that you have completed. There are currently 8 units and an additional final practical task to achieve you full qualification.

Future opportunities

After completing the course, you may want to consider taking our Level 2 Construction Diploma Painting & Decorating; alternatively you may wish to consider an apprenticeship or further on-the-job training. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heart of Worcestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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    • Malvern is homed to the College's Construction Centre of Excellence and provides the equipment and space necessary to deliver high quality practical tutoring of construction trades including: brickwork, wood occupations and painting and decorating. 

      Our building has six units; stretching front to back, the first four are accessible from the front door, the rear two are accessed via a ramp between units four and five. Fire escape access for the first four units are on the same level but for four and five you will need to travel down steps to return to the front of the building adjacent to the fire assembly points.