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Painting & Decorating Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

If your plan is to pursue a career working within the construction industry focusing on painting and decorating then this could be the course for you. This advanced level course is designed to give you a broader base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the painting and decorating trade.

You will build the advanced knowledge required to carry out many painting and decorating tasks. It will teach you more skilled techniques to enable you to progress within the industry.

Course content

You spend one day a week in college participating in classroom and practical-based sessions. The other four days are spent working in the workplace putting what you have learned into practice.

At college you learn both in the classroom and the workshops. You then take the skills you have learned out to the workplace where you are expected to bring work-based evidence and build a portfolio. 

Entry requirements

You should have completed the Painting and Decorating Intermediate Apprenticeship before progressing on to this course. After applying you will be invited for an initial assessment to ensure that you are at the right level of learning and that the course is right for you.


An assessor will visit your work place to observe your working practices. All functional skills will be delivered at college within your day release.

Future opportunities

This apprenticeship provides you with an excellent foundation from which to progress your career, whether you work for an established firm or decide to become self-employed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.