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Level: 3

Location: Hudson Building

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme of study is aimed at employed apprentices who have completed their Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating.  It consists of an NVQ and a Technical Certificate.

It supports those who wish to progress beyond the basic principles and to become adept with additional, more intricate, techniques.  

Entry requirements

You must have completed the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship and be in employment.  You must also have passed the Cskills spatial awareness assessment.

You must also hold either GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.

Course Content

The course covers some of the following modules:

  • Health and Safety
  • Supervision
  • Estimating
  • Application of Paints and Papers
  • Spraying
  • Application of Coving

If you do not hold GCSE English and/or Maths, you will be supported in achieving them to help you become more employable.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will take place both in College and in the workplace through exams and collection of evidence.

You will be allocated an assessor who will visit you in the workplace to undertake observations and discuss your progress with your employer.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Apprentices must own and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Foundation Degree in Construction or develop your career in roles such as site manager.


This course is run at the Hudson Building

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Keiran Dixon

Keiran Dixon

Apprenticeship opens doors for Kieran as he masters trades

Kieran Dixon jumped at the chance to learn a range of trades when he landed a maintenance apprenticeship through Derby College.

Seventeen-year-old Kieran was one of two teenagers chosen after Ilkeston-based Belfield Furnishings gave a presentation to students at the college’s campus in the town.

Now he was switched from his Level 2 Diploma in Plastering to work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maintenance.

Kieran praised the college’s teaching staff, saying they make the course fun and show you “what it’s like in the real world.”

He studies one day a week in college and works with Belfield on the other four.

Richard Newby, HSE and maintenance manager at Belfield, said he received a number of good applications and he was able to take on two candidates.

He said: “The two lads only started earlier this month, but we’re pleased with their application and work. Our aim is to invest time and training so our apprentices gain the skills they need to be part of the team for the long haul.”

I was attracted by the fact that the job and the course together give you the chance to learn all the different trades. Hopefully I can get qualified and go onto Level 3 Maintenance. The apprenticeship opens more doors, you can learn to drive for
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