2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


1 Year


Level 1

Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

This course provides learners with a basic introduction to the decorating trade.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 handling and storing materials, using working platforms, protecting working areas, preparing surfaces for decorating, and applying decorating materials. You will be continually assessed in practical skills and theory.

Entry Criteria

No formal requirements for entry to this course. A good level of English and maths is beneficial.

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase 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 £12.00 each.

What are the next steps?

You will meet with a course tutor to find out more about the course, discuss which course is right for you and see the facilities. Please bring your GCSE grades/predicted grades or any other relevant qualifications.

Study Aims

This course aims to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in construction. 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.

Modules Studied

  • Health and Safety
  • Knowledge of Technical Information, Quantities and Communication with Others
  • Knowledge of Construction Technology
  • Erect and Dismantle Access Equipment and Working Platform
  • Prepare Common Surface Types for Decoration
  • Apply Basic Paint Systems by Brush and Roller
  • Apply Foundation and Plain Papers
  • Produce Standard Decorative Finishes.

Times of Delivery

This course is typically delivered three days a week between 8.45am and 5pm, depending on your maths and English requirements.

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assessed on each unit through online multiple-choice exams and practical based synoptic tests.

All assessments are designed to mirror real life work tasks in the industry.

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 additional support.

Industry Links

A number of Project Managers from high profile North East construction companies visit the ƵAPP, 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 Museum.
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, and will gain hands-on experience with a work placement.


At Level 1, you will engage in set sessions to improve your employability skills.

What else?

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

Where can it take me?

Painters and decorators £24,440 Potential salary

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