Course code
Full time
1 year
September only

The Level 1 Painting and Decorating course is your first step to a successful career in this rewarding industry.

Throughout the course you will learn about application techniques and paint systems. You will also learn how to apply papers and other decorative finishes.

Painting and decorating has amazing job opportunities and could provide you with a successful career in the booming construction industry.

Topics you will study include:

  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying paint systems by brush and roller to noncomplex areas
  • Applying foundation and plain papers
  • Producing specialist decorative finishes

The course is continually assessed throughout the year, this includes practical assessments, course work and technology exams. The course is moderated by City and Guilds.

This course is the first step towards becoming a successful Painter and Decorator.

This course could lead to employment in the painting and decorating sector, or construction industry in general. This course could also lead to an apprenticeship.

After successfully passing the Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, you may wish to progress to the level 2 Diploma in Painting and decorating. This course is also a year’s duration.

You will be expected to purchase white overalls and boots for working in the practical areas. All tools are provided for use by the college.

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2022), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees.

Positive Futures is a set of essential qualities, embedded throughout your study programme, that we seek to develop in all students: 

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Confidence
  • Resilience

You will also engage in the Positive Futures Careers Programme, developing key employability skills through a diverse range of activities including work placements, volunteering, employer talks, industry study visits and employment and university fairs.

For Level 1 Painting & Decorating: 3 GCSEs at grade 9-3 (including Maths and English Language) OR GCSE 9-3 in Maths & English Language and a Pass on the L1 Diploma in Preparation for Employment in the Construction Industry.

As a Bury College student you will have access to a wide range of enrichment opportunities which will contribute to your personal growth and development and support your academic studies. 

These may include:

  • Art Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dance, Drama and Singing Workshops
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gaming Hub
  • Music Club
  • Pride Club
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • A wide range of sport including Badminton, Cricket, Football, Fitness Training, Nerf, Netball, Volleyball and Table Tennis.

Please Note: We attempt to ensure that all information contained within this website is correct and up-to-date. However, some details may change as we review and update our provision. Although every effort is made to provide the teaching, examination, assessment and other services detailed on this website and in our other publications, Bury College cannot guarantee the provision of such programmes, services, facilities and fees. Bury College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, alter or amalgamate any of the courses, locations and facilities detailed within at any time. Should circumstances require such amendments, Bury College undertakes to use all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to those services and most importantly to students.

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