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Plastering Diploma Level 1 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

If you’re good with your hands, and making things gives you a sense of satisfaction, then a career in the construction industry could be just what you need to showcase your talents

Plastering offers plenty of scope for working on a range of different projects, with the chance of one day becoming your own boss. On this programme you’ll explore both practical and theoretical aspects of the trade.

You will be taught by industry-experienced tutors in workshops that reflect the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to compete in national skills competitions, such as SkillBuild.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

The course covers various topics that include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Knowledge of Technical Information, Quantities and Communication with Others
  • Knowledge of Construction Industry
  • Prepare Background Surfaces and Plaster Materials
  • Apply Plaster Materials to Internal Backgrounds
  • Produce Components from Moulds
  • Form Sand and Cement Screeds

If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You’ll be asked to come for an informal interview and provide a satisfactory school reference. Your start level will depend on your school results and any prior achievements – we’ll guide you through the options.

If you’ve got practical skills and are OK with maths and science, that’s definitely an advantage.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed by practical skill-based tasks and written assignments that test your job knowledge.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in college and progress on to the Plastering Diploma Level 2.

Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Plastering Apprenticeship.

Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Plasterer, earning between £15,000 and £28,000 a year.
  • A Dry Liner, earning between £12,000 and £27,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Kitchen and Bathroom Fitter, earning between £15,000 and £35,000 a year.

Further information

Enrichment

We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Meeting guest speakers from the industry
  • Visiting local businesses
  • Taking part in enterprise activities.

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications. 

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

In our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Support

The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm - 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm

Futures4Me Event

Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 3.30pm-7.30pm

https://www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/events

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 December 2018
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