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Painting and Decorating Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

During the course you will develop and practice the skills required for employment and career progression in painting and decorating through the study of units such as: principles of building construction information and communication, erecting and dismantling access and working platforms, preparing surfaces for decoration, applying paint systems by brush and roller, and health, safety and welfare in construction, amongst other units associated to this trade area of study.

On this full time 1 year program of study you will learn the application in theory and practical of different types of paints, paint systems, wall papers and tools and equipment associated with the trade.

Truro and Penwith College have extremely realistic simulated work environments where you will learn and develop your practical skills as well as the most up to date professional tools and equipment to make your study here as close  to a real working environment as possible.

During the course you will learn and develop your skills in the application of paint, papers and specialist paint techniques as well as the use of associated equipment such as working platforms. If you are not exempt, there is a requirement to complete Functional Skills or GCSE qualifications alongside mainstream studies.

Course content

The qualification comprises of various units which are assessed through a combination of theoretical and practical assessments which are set out below:

  • 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
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


The Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating will be assessed through set practical units alongside internally set multiple choice end of unit question papers and externally set online exams.

Future opportunities

Progression routes on completion of this course include advancement onto the Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating or progression onto a Level 2 NVQ Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating and/or employment within the construction industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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