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Level 3 Painting & Decorating at East Sussex College

Course description

During this course you will learn a range of advanced techniques that will help to prepare you for a career in the industry.

Course content

During this advanced course you will fine tune your skills in our purpose built workshop and become adept at all aspects of painting and decorating. You will be able to applying hangings to walls and ceilings and apply a range of decorative finishes to your work. You will also learn how to you advance equipment such as high volume low pressure spray equipment. There will also be an opportunity to improve your employability skills during work experience placements before you head off and start your career in the industry.

Topics you will cover during the course include:

  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
  • Applying hangings to walls and ceilings
  • Producing specialist finishes for painted decorative work
  • Producing specialist architectural finishes for decorative work
  • Applying Water-borne paint systems using airless equipment
  • Applying water-borne paint systems using HVLP spray equipment

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating and GCSE's A*-D in English and maths or equivalent qualification. Good report for attendance and attitude towards work.


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 60% of the assessment, coursework will make up 10% and 30% will be made up of exams. Accuracy and completing tasks within a specified time frame will be important to the successful completion of the course. Constructive feedback from your tutor will also help you to improve and progress towards recognised industrial standards.

Financial information

A range of specified PPE and a basic painting kit and equipment will be required for this course and will cost approximately £40.

The PPE required will consist of safety boots, white bib and brace overalls and navy/black polo shirt. There are also a number of opportunities throughout the year for various construction related trips which may also incur a cost.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you will be highly skilled and well prepared to start your career in the industry or you may choose to study our higher level courses in Construction and the Built Environment HND.

There are plenty of career options open to you as well, including a Painter and decorator, a Spray painter, a Specialist paperhanger, a Industrial painter, or a Property Maintenance

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: 30 January 2019
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