Level 3 Diploma Painting & Decorating

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
CITB Cskills (Construction Industry Training Board)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £5421, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the skills essential for a career in painting and decorating.

As a painter and decorator, no two jobs are exactly the same. You will need to work with lots of different tools and materials and will need to know your products well.

You will study areas such as decorative techniques, applying paints by brush or roller, applying standard wallpapers to surface areas, and applying basic specialist paint finishes.

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Take a tour around our Painting & Decorating facilities

Individual work rooms give our painting and decorating students’ experience of working in real life conditions.

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A real vocational experience

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Ryan Chamberlain

Ryan Chamberlain - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Painting & Decorating

Ryan Chamberlain attended the North East Regional heat of Skillbuild at Darlington College, competing for New College Durham in Painting & Decorating Senior Section.

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Medal success at Skills Show 2016

Talented students are celebrating being among the best after showcasing their skills at the prestigious World Skills UK finals.

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Best in the country!

New College Durham students are celebrating after excelling at the prestigious World Skills UK finals.  

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Market stall manufacturing

Business and technology students worked together to produce a market stall for events.

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National SkillBuild Competition

Technology students support their peers in the National Skillbuild Competition at Birmingham NEC.

Skillbuild 2014

Skill Build Regional Heat

Painting & decorating students competed against the best in regional competition.

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Painting a bright future for women in construction

We have been working on a project with Beamish Museum to get more females into construction.

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Football fundraiser

Two college football teams went head to head to raise funds for a really good cause.


Durham Rugby Club gets a face-lift

Our painting and decorating students were involved in a community based project at Durham Rugby Club.

Women into Construction

Constructing a bright career path for women

Girls from a local secondary school gained first-hand experience of the world of construction at New College Durham.

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Decorating project is a sweet success

Apprentices from New College Durham help with refurbishment project at Beamish Museum.

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Developing World Class Competition Skills

New College Durham was delighted to host the IFL/World Skills UK Vocational Masterclasses last week.

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New College Durham Host Regional SkillBuild Competition 2013

New College Durham hosted the annual North East Regional heat of SkillBuild on Tuesday 18 June 2013. 

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A brush stroke away from the final

A New College Durham student won the North-East Apprentice Painting and Decorating heat at York College.


This course aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the skills needed to work in painting and decorating. The units studied develop both written and practical skills for the workplace. You will get the opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment.

You will have the opportunity to build many transferable skills, both theoretical and practical, as well as a sound knowledge and understanding of key processes and techniques used.


You must complete the following essential units:
  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and Associated Industries
  • Erect and Dismantle Access Equipment and Working Platforms.

You will also study the following units:
  • Understanding Information, Quantities and Communication with Others
  • Understanding Construction Technology
  • Apply Coatings by Brush and Roller
  • Apply Wall Coverings to Ceilings and Walls
  • Produce Advanced Decorative Finishes
  • Carry out Specialist Architectural Feature Work
  • Apply Water-borne Paint Systems Using Airless Equipment
  • Prepare Surfaces for Protection and Decoration.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


9am-12noon and 1pm-6pm
9am-12noon and 1pm-5pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is through online multiple-choice unit exams that will test your knowledge.

You will be assigned a tutor to support your learning throughout the course. You will also have access to a Personal Learning Coach (PLC) for support with any further issues.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

A number of Project Managers from high profile North East construction companies visit the College, to discuss employment opportunities and the construction industry.

We have many strong links with many companies, including:
  • Tolent Living
  • Persimmons Homes
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Robertsons Construction
  • Ladycraft Ltd
  • Durham City Builders
  • Scott Builders
  • Beamish Open Air Museum
  • Durham Rugby Club
  • The Royal County (Marriott Hotel).

The study programme is designed to allow you to demonstrate and showcase the skills learned within sessions. You will be encouraged to enter regional and national competition.


You will be offered the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a local industry related company. Opportunities to take part in community based projects may also arise. We work in partnership with local employers to provide you with hands-on experience.

You could progress to HNC Construction and the Built Environment at New College Durham, an apprenticeship, or employment/self-employment in the industry.

What else?

You can showcase your skills through high profile events such as Skillbuild and inter-college competitions. Click here for information on Johnstone's Young Painter of the Year.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will need a bib, brace, overalls and safety footwear for practical sessions.

You will have the opportunity to purchase these at the start of term at approximately £12 each.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview at the College with one of our construction team.

Your interview will include:
  • A presentation detailing the College’s course key messages
  • Initial literacy and maths assessments
  • One-to-one opportunity for student or parent discussion
  • Tour of facilities.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

You will hold a Level 2 qualification in painting and decorating, and be skilled in carrying out practical tasks. Basic literacy and numeracy skills are required.