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Painting & Decorating Intermediate (Level 2)

This Level 2 qualification is generally recognised as the minimal level award for the painting and decorating industry. It will give you the confidence to tackle a number of small decorating projects. The study programme will take place in the College's dedicated painting and decorating workshop, which has been developed to give the candidate a varying degree of surfaces to decorate.


My granddad was a Painter and Decorator. When he passed away, I decided I wanted to follow in his footsteps and see whether it was a trade that I enjoyed. 

I didn’t know anything about painting and decorating when I started the course, but as I progressed from Level 1 to Level 2 I’ve learnt more and more. I like all the practical skills such as preparing surfaces for decoration, rubbing down the doors and skirting boards before painting, learning how to apply paint using different tools such as brushes and spray equipment, plus paper hanging techniques for papering walls and ceilings.

The painting and decorating facilities at the College were good and they have lots of resources. If we were learning how to paper walls, and we made a mistake and needed to reapply certain sections, there was always enough paper to go around. The tutors were great at helping you if you got things wrong or didn’t understand something. They’d take the time to show you how to do it the correct way.  Plus, they have worked in industry, so they really know what skills are important to get a good job.

Jason - Painting & Decorating Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • Painting & Decorating Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Duration: 2 Years

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-2 or A*-G ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in painting and decorating.

Course content

This study programme will provide you with the key knowledge and skills required for entering the Painting and Decorating industry, giving you the confidence to tackle a number of small decorating projects and Health & Safety guidelines to complete all tasks safely. Other elements of this study programme include tutorial sessions, trips & visits, work experience, short courses/enhancement and English and/or Mathematics sessions (as/if required).

In the first year, you will concentrate on improving your brush & roller skills in a variety of tasks including painting by brush and roller on a wide range of substrates, removal of paint coatings by heat & liquid methods, basic wallpapering skills, decorative techniques and working from height.

For the second year, you will focus on various wall and ceiling coverings, including anaglypta, blown vinyl and vinyl papers. You will also learn about decorative techniques, such as wood graining, marbling, stencilling and a variety of other broken colour techniques. You will also undertake decorative Artex, taping and jointing and stock maintenance/ordering tasks.

  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • You will be encouraged to attend the painting and decorating exhibition held in Coventry every November.
    • There will also be the opportunity to attend a sustainability course and complete a CSCS Prometric Health and Safety Test.

Assessment methods

Informal assessments will be conducted throughout the study programme, with feedback given to help improve your standards. There will be one online knowledge assessment, eight end of unit assessments (one for each unit), and one practical assessment.


Painting & Decorating NOCN CSkills Level 2 Diploma


  • Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) Card
  • English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

You can progress on to the Painting & Decorating Level 3 study programme, gain an apprenticeship or move into employment as a Decorator.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay for:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), approximately £30
  • Textbooks, approximately £20
  • You will also be required to pay approximately £40 to take a CSCS test. This will allow you to complete the mandatory 30 hours’ work experience required as part of this study programme

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
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Additional formats
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