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Decorative Finishing Apprenticeship Level 2

Bedford Painting and Decorating L3


Painting and Decorating Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2

This apprenticeship will allow to you develop real skills and knowledge in painting and decorating that you can then demonstrate and provide evidence of in a working environment. Our courses have an excellent reputation with employers and help you to develop construction skills that will put you at the forefront of the job market. In College, you will be taught by staff who, have not only had successful careers in industry themselves, but who also lead in shaping the UK’s construction and building services training sector.

Available Courses
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: Various
Type: Apprenticeships
Day(s): Flex
Length: 3 years

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Course Information

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

Some evidence of studying at GCSE level would be an advantage.
Previous experience in painting and decorating or construction is desirable but not essential.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Knowledge of technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Knowledge of construction technology
  • Erect and dismantle access equipment and working platforms
  • Prepare surfaces for decoration
  • Apply paint systems by brush and roller
  • Apply standard papers to ceilings and walls
  • Produce specialist decorative finishes
Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a variety of practical methods, including work-based assessments and the completion of tasks and assignments in College.


You will gain the following qualifications:
Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting Occupations Cskills Level 2 Diploma

  • Decorative Finishing & Industrial Painting Occupations Cskills Level 2 NVQ Diploma
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and maths
Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to the Decorative Finishing Advanced apprenticeship.

Career progression: You could also move into full-time work as a painter and decorator.

Additional information

You will need steel toe capped boots, a high viz vest, a set of whites/bib and brace, and usual study stationary.

The College part of this apprenticeship will start in September, however you will be able to start the work based learning element at any time throughout the year.

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Next Steps

How to apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747.

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.