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Painting & Decorating Advanced (Level 3)

Bedford Painting and Decorating L3


Painting & Decorating Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme will give you the confidence to manage small projects and provide you with the skills needed to decorate complex surfaces, whether with paint, paper or metal leaf. The study programme will involve more research than tuition, so you will be expected to solve problems and manage your own learning to meet the programme requirements.

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19 years and above, and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 19 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Course Information

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need…

Duration: 1 Year

  • Painting & Decorating Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills
Course content

This course will provide you with the knowledge of a variety of decorative techniques, including applying wide and specialist wall-coverings to complex surfaces, installing lincrusta on to walls, replica faux painting of marbles and woods, applying metal leaf and spray-painting.

  • Subject units:
    • Carrying out safe working practices in construction
    • Information, quantities and communication with others
    • Building methods and construction technology
    • Erecting and dismantling access equipment
    • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
    • Applying hangings to walls and ceilings
    • Producing specialist decorative finishes
    • Carrying out specialist architectural work
    • Applying water-borne paints using airless spray equipment
    • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • English and maths:
    If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications
Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a practical test at the end of the training period. There will also be an online knowledge assessment.


You will gain:

  • Painting & Decorating NOCN- CSkills Award  Level 3 Diploma


  • Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) Card
  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you could progress on to employment into the construction industry, or undertake one of our part-time foundation degrees in a relevant subject.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay for:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), approximately £30
  • Textbooks, approximately £20
  • You will also be required to pay approximately £40 to take a CSCS test. This will allow you to complete the mandatory 30 hours’ work experience required as part of this study programme
Bedford College Painting & Decorating Level 1


I left school four years ago and went to do a multi-skill construction course at another college. After that I worked in catering for a couple of years, before deciding that I wanted to return to education. I enrolled on to the Catering course here at Bedford College but later moved over to Painting & Decorating.

The best thing about Bedford College is the support I get from my tutors. I enjoy coming into College each day and I like the repetitive nature of the work and the structure it gives me.

We then get to apply our new skills to real life projects. We have painted some rooms in the Tower Block on campus after they were renovated from kitchens to computer rooms, and have also painted an old lab in the College’s Brundtland building.

I’m very happy that I decided to move back into construction and I’m looking forward to progressing on to the next level before finding full-time work as a Painter and Decorator.

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 to order your copy.