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Painting and Decorating Study Programme

  • Subject Area: Painting & Decorating
  • Attendance: Study Programme (School Leaver)
  • Qualification: Level 1 Certificate/Diploma & Level 2 Diploma
  • Course Start: September (start dates flexible through the year subject to availability)
  • Course Length: Level 1 - 1 year Level 2 - 1 year Level 3 - 1 year
  • Location: Millwright Street Campus
  • Cost: N/A

Course Dates

Courses run frequently subject to demand


You could progress from a level 2 to a level 3 qualification. There is also the opportunity to progress onto higher education at the College.


All applicants will be required to sit a BKSB assessment and attend an interview.

You must have achieved the Level 1 Diploma to complete the Level 2 Diploma and the Level 2 Diploma to commence the Level 3 Diploma.



What's it all about?

Painters and decorators use a range of coverings including paint and wallpaper to enhance and protect surfaces. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. They work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects ranging from re-decorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges.

What skills and qualities do I need?

  • Artistic and creative
  • Good communication skills
  • Observant with a good eye for detail 

How much could I earn?

Starting salaries can be between £14,500 and £17,000 a year. Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,500 and £23,000 a year. Decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year.

What would I learn at College?

  • How to use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • How to apply various oil/water based paints to different surfaces including windows, doors, ceilings and walls
  • How to use different types of access equipment safely e.g. ladders and towers
  • How to prepare different backgrounds ready to apply decorative finishing including wallpaper, paint and decorative effects
  • How to apply various types of wall coverings including free match, patterned papers and embossed
  • How to apply decorative finished such as marbling and graining, sponge stippling, stencilling and broken colour

Further Information

For more information on how to apply for this study programme click here.

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