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Painting & Decorating Level 1 Diploma at Wigan & Leigh College

Course description

This course suits those considering entering the building industry who would like to learn painting and decorating. The course is developed to introduce first-time entrants to the skill of painting and decorating.

Course content

This course consists of practical tasks with theoretical study. Students learn the underpinning knowledge to achieve the Painting & Decorating Level 1 Diploma. A Diploma can be upgraded to a full apprenticeship as and when employment is gained. Learners will: carry out safe working practices in construction, read key industrial information, work with quantities and communicate with others, learn building methods and construction technology, prepare surfaces for decoration, apply paint systems by brush and roller, apply foundation and plain papers and produce specialist decorative finishes.

Entry requirements


A minimum of 5 A*-E/F / 9-2 GCSE subjects or equivalent


Assessment is by a set theoretical knowledge test taken at the College. Students also meet regularly with tutors to help plan studies and to discuss progress.

Financial information

Courses are free for 16-19 year olds. For further information contact our Student Services team on 01942 761609.

Future opportunities

This can lead to the Painting and Decorating Level 2 Diploma and/or NVQ level two qualifications after employment.

Further information

You will be supported by experienced and enthusiastic tutors who are all trade qualified who will help you achieve your goal. If you are 16-18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more:

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: 23 October 2017

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    • The College's Pagefield Centre is a purpose built facility to educate students, apprentices and tradespeople of the future.

      This state-of-the-art facility offers a range of Courses in Construction Crafts and Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering.

      Large workshops and training environments, together with the latest machinery, software and equipment allow our students to gain the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

      The Centre boasts an excellent reputation amongst a range of employers across the Wigan Borough which is exemplified by our students quickly progressing into the professional industry.

      Pagefield Centre is currently receiving a £1.4m development in top of the range facilities to add to its already impressive learning environment.

      The turning and milling workshops will soon have new and upgraded equipment, which will include the latest technology in fabrication and welding.

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      If you're considering a future in the trades, then this Centre could be your pathway to success.