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Construction and Engineering

For people aiming for a career in painting and decorating this course is an excellent place to start. You will get the opportunity to develop skills in wood working plastering painting and decorating bricklaying wall and floor tiling while also learning about core subject areas such as health and safety and working and communicating effectively in the construction trades. In addition you will develop skills in joints; fit architrave and skirting; fit ironmongery to an internal door; use plaster materials to produce moulds; plaster a ceiling walls and corners; apply paint to substrates; apply wallpapers to substrates; prepare substrates for painting and decorating; build a block wall brick wall and cavity wall; and tile floors and walls.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    3 GCSEs D-G / or 3-1 (in 2017 GCSEs)Relevant industry experience

    Assessment Method

    Synoptic practical assessments and multiple online exams.

    Aims of the course

    To promote high quality learning that meets the demands of the construction industry.

    Progression Opportunities

    Having successfully completed this course you could progress to Level 2 Building Maintenance for example or choose to pursue another construction qualification including an apprenticeship.


    The course is 20% theory (classroom based) and 80% practical (workshop based) plus a minimum of one week's work experience.

    Career Options

    Progression on to Level 2 Painting and Decorating or an ApprenticeshipWhat can I earn as a construction worker?When you're deciding what to study post-16 it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified construction worker you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights. For example:Bricklayers start on around £17 000 a year and can earn £27 000 with 3-5 years' experiencePlumbers start on around £18 000 a year and can earn £30 000 with 3-5 years' experienceConstruction supervisors start on around £24 000 a year and can earn £35 000 with 3-4 years' experienceIf you're interested in a career in construction we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Thanks to our excellent links with major construction companies our courses include valuable work experience opportunities helping to prepare you for your first role in this exciting industry.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 02/09/2024
End Date 20/06/2025
Course Code 3PDAC9S0


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16-18 Free
19-24 £ 994
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000

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