Painting and Decorating Technical Certificate level 2 – C0331

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Course Overview

This course is designed to offer progression from the level 1 diploma in painting and decorating, the level 1 diploma in construction Skills or equivalent, and will allow students to practice and develop their skills further required for employment and/or a 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 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This 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 take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Our level 2 technical certificate in Painting and Decorating covers all the main skills and knowledge required to further your learning and progress in this trade. You will study the following mandatory content:
Access equipment
Application of papers to walls and ceilings
Application of surface coatings
Preparation of surfaces for decoration
Principles of construction
Producing decorative colour effects

As a practical course, you will learn in an environment with practical assessments, bespoke workshops, and complete theory in the classroom.

Entry Requirements

Direct entry to this course requires GCSEs in both English and maths at grade 3 or above, plus a further two GCSEs at grade 3 or above, one of which must include a design or technical-based subject. You will also need to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance in your last place of study or work.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled in 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.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at Level 2 minimum.

Students previously studying with us will need to have attained either a Level 1 Diploma in Construction Skills or similar, plus English and maths at grade 2 minimum or the equivalent Functional Skills.

All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment, and application toward study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.

How you will be assessed

To gain this qualification, candidates 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 to achieve the Technical Certificate.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2250.00

Additional Costs

Students will need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plus an identified tool kit. The approximate combined cost of £90. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. You will also require stationary. There is a materials fee applicable to this course. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £155.00 if applicable. 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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Course and Career progression

This qualification helps prepare you for work in the construction industry specialising in Painting and Decorating. Progression from the Level 2 course would generally be through entering the world of work via an apprenticeship programme or Full-Time employment in the Painting and Decorating sector. Further advice and guidance will be given during the academic year.

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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