Designed for students wanting to progress from our level 1 courses in plastering and construction (or equivalent), this course allows students to further develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or a career as a plasterer in the construction section. Building upon the industry knowledge you’ve already developed we will help you continue this to help you secure an apprenticeship or work after completion of this course.
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
During this course, you will cover all the main skills and knowledge you will need to progress to further learning and training or to enter the world of work as a Plasterer. You will study mandatory content including applying plastering materials to interiors, health, safety and welfare in construction and principles of building construction, information and communication. Additionally, you will follow the Solid Plastering route and study laying floor screed systems, installing direct bond and taping and jointing and applying plastering materials to external backgrounds. Our aim is to help you learn beyond the classroom by delivering practical activities and assessments, whilst completing theory lessons in the classroom.
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 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.
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.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who hold a formal English and maths qualification at Level 2 minimum.
All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment, and application towards 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
Assessments will be one externally set, externally moderated assignment (practical assessment) and 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 Technical Certificate.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £2250.00
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plus an identified tool kit will require purchasing. The approximate combined cost is £125. 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 if applicable. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.
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.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
This qualification helps prepare you for work in the construction industry specialising in Plastering. 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 Plastering 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.