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Painting and Decorating Advanced Technical Diploma level 3 – C0338

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Course Overview

This course is designed to offer progression from the Level 2 Diploma/Technical Certificate in Painting and Decorating and will allow students to further develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career as a painter and decorator in the construction sector. You must supply safety footwear/clothing and an identified tool kit. Technical drawing equipment and stationery are also necessary.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This is an Advanced Technical Diploma. The level 3 qualification helps you to gain a wide range of specialist skills in painting and decorating so you can work as an advanced craft painter and decorator. You will take seven compulsory units in: principles of organising, planning and pricing construction work; erecting and dismantling access equipment and working platforms; applying hangings to walls and ceilings; producing specialist finishes for painted decorative work; installing specialist architectural finishes for decorative work; applying water-borne paint systems using airless equipment; and applying water-borne paint systems using high volume low pressure spray equipment.

The units are designed so that you learn all the practical skills involved, as well as getting an overview of how to organise and price work. As most of the work in this area means that you have to work at heights, learning how to use equipment and working platforms safely, along with erecting and dismantling them, is essential.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course is one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 or above is required, plus an additional two GCSEs at grade 3 or above including a technology/design-based subject. You will also need to have successfully completed a level 2 diploma/technical certificate in painting and decorating.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at Level 2 minimum and must have previously successfully completed a level 2 Painting and Decorating Study Programme.

How you will be assessed

To gain this qualification, you must successfully achieve the following City Guilds assessments;
one externally-set, externally-moderated assignment (practical assessment)
one externally-set, externally-marked exam, sat under examination conditions

There is also an employer involvement element to this qualification that is required in order to achieve the Advanced Technical Diploma.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £3345.00

Additional Costs

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plus an identified tool kit will require purchasing. Approximate combined cost of £85. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. Individuals will also require stationery. There is a materials fee applicable to this course. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £155.00. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

This course can lead to a construction apprenticeship programme or a level 3 NVQ diploma in decorative finishing – painting and decorating (construction). On completion of the apprenticeship you will be competent as an advanced craft painter and decorator. If you wish to progress to become a supervisor working on site, you may wish to study a qualification in the built environment, such as the Higher National Certificate in construction.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event/Interview at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. 

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