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Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This course helps you to develop the practical skills and technical knowledge to work in the building services industry as a painter and decorator.

As an apprentice you will be working with a painter decorator applying painted and decorative finishes to internal and external structures. You will be working in an environment where your duties will encompass many aspects of painting and decorating. You will work on all types of buildings – internally and externally ranging from domestic households to new build and refurbishments. Tasks may include painting, paper hanging, spraying and applying specialist coatings. You will be expected at times to work at height

Course content

The day you are in college you will be working towards a Diploma in painting & decorating. You will learn about all aspects of painting and decorating including how to prepare surfaces, decorative effects and high velocity low pressure spray painting. You will cover health and safety in the workplace and the use of power tools and scaffolding. The course will include wallpapering and basic specialist effects (depending on the type of work you carry out on-site)

If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college.

Qualification Titles


  • Level 2 Painting & Decorating Diploma.
  • NVQ in Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting

Functional maths and English level 2

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths


You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.

Future opportunities

Can lead to

• Advanced Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating Level 3

• Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction & the Built Environment Level 3

Further information


Successful completion of this course enables you to apply for the CSCS Blue Skilled Worker card.

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: 05 November 2018
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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.