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Painting & Decorating Intermediate (Level 2)

Painting & Decorating Intermediate (Level 2).


Painting & Decorating Intermediate (Level 2)

This Level 2 qualification is generally recognised as the minimal level award for the painting and decorating industry. It will give you the confidence to tackle a number of small decorating projects. The study programme will take place in the College’s dedicated painting and decorating workshop, which has been developed to give the candidate a varying degree of surfaces to decorate.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

Duration: 1 year

3 GCSEs grades 9-3 and relevant qualification at Level 1.

Duration: 2 years

3 GCSEs grades 9-1 and a keen interest in the subject OR equivalent qualification at Level E3.

What qualification will I gain?

Painting & Decorating NOCN- CSkills Award Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
How will I be assessed?

Informal assessments will be conducted throughout the study programme, with feedback given to help improve your standards. There will be one online knowledge assessment, eight end of unit assessments (one for each unit), and one practical assessment.

Course content

What will I study?

This study programme will focus on various wall and ceiling coverings, including anaglypta, blown vinyl and vinyl papers.

You will also learn about wood graining and marbling, along with a variety of broken colour techniques

  • Subject units:
    • Carrying out safe working practices in construction
    • Information, quantities and communication with others
    • Building methods and construction technology
    • Preparing surfaces for decoration
    • Applying paint systems by brush and roller
    • Applying standard papers to ceilings and walls
    • Producing specialist decorative finishes
    • Applying water-borne paint systems using HVLP spray equipment
    • Erecting and dismantling access equipment and platforms
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications:

You will be encouraged to attend the painting and decorating exhibition held in Coventry every November.

There will also be the opportunity to attend a sustainability course and complete a CSCS Prometric Health and Safety Test.

Next steps

Course/career progression

On completion of the level 2 Diploma in Painting & Decorating you can progress onto an apprenticeship or employment with additional training such as a trade NVQ.

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
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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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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.

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 might still be free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. Whether you need to pay a fee and how much will be dependent on the programme you choose to study. For more information call 0345 658 8990.

If you’re over 23 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 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.

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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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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.


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