Diploma in Painting & Decorating (L1)

This is a practical and theory based course perfect for anyone wanting a career in this industry.

36 Weeks (Diploma) or 18 Weeks (Award)
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications needed

Course Info

This course consists of  working through a number of technical and practical units.

This is a practical and theory based course which consists of you working through a number of trade specific Painting and Decorating units as well as studying Maths and English if applicable.

The Painting and Decorating City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma will need you to complete specific units and topics. You will work towards the following units to make up the full qualification:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Building Construction, Information and Communication
  • Erecting and Dismantling Access Equipment and Working Platforms
  • Preparing Surfaces for Decoration
  • Applying Paint Systems by Brush and Roller to Non-Complex Areas
  • Applying Foundation and Plain Papers
  • Producing Specialist Decorative Finishes

Each unit will include an externally set assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the unit.


If you have a Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, you will be in workshops and classes studying at a higher level to enhance your Maths and English skills. If you have a GCSE Grade D then you will study GCSE Maths and English with an expectation to achieve a Grade C or above.

If you have a lower grade, or no GCSE, you will study the most appropriate level of Functional Skills qualification.

On the 19+ programme you will work through a number of trade specific Painting and Decorating units only. Maths and English are not an integral part of your course.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

All applicants will be required to have successfully completed a practical assessment and suitability day.

After applying, you will be invited to attend an Admissions Event and tour our facilities and have all of your questions answered by one of our experts.

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