Painting and Decorating Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This one year study programme starts in September

Entry requirements

Level 1 Certificate

  • Successful interview with an initial assessment in English and maths at Entry Level 3 or above.

Level 1 Diploma

  • Three GCSEs at grade 2/E or above including English
  • Successful interview with an initial assessment in English and maths at Entry Level 3 or above.

You will achieve

  • City & Guilds Level 1 Construction/Diploma in Construction Skills (Painting and Decorating)
  • GCSE/Functional Skills in maths and English
  • Level 1 Employability (Level 1 Certificate only)

Course overview

Painters and decorators use a range of coverings to enhance and protect surfaces. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. These surfaces could include plaster, metal and wood. Painters and decorators work on a variety of jobs which require a different set of skills and techniques. You could be painting and decorating a house or large commercial buildings. If you like practical work and enjoy being artistic, this could be a perfect career for you. This practical course will equip you with the specialist techniques in painting and decorating.

Course content

Level 1 Certififcate

To achieve the Level 1 Certificate in Painting and Decorating you  must achieve a minimum of 15 credits, 3 credits from the mandatory unit and a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units


  • Introduction to health and safety in construction


  • Painting techniques
  • Introduction to the construction industry
  • Painting and wallpapering
  • Applying decorative effects
  • Applying wallpaper to internal and external angles and painting skirting
  • Painting a panel door

You will also achieve a level 1 Employability certificate

Level 1 Diploma

To achieve the Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating (6707-13), learners must achieve 41 credits from the mandatory units below.

  • 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
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Throughout the study programme your work will be assessed for a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. Achieving this Diploma means that you have reached the standards expected by the industry.

Work boots, gloves and eye protection will need to be purchased prior to starting your course, financial assistance may be available.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

  • Successful completion of this Level 1 Certificate could lead to the level 1 diploma
  • Successful completion of level 1 diplomacould lead to onto  the Level 2 study programme.
  • Alternatively, you could use the qualification to improve your chances of gaining an Apprenticeship which will give you valuable work experience.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Painting and Decorating Level 1 Full-time

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