Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

The Level 2 Diploma develops learners’ decorative skills at an intermediate level. The course covers a wide range of skills designed to make you ‘industry ready’. With a focus on practical skills, your work will be marked and assessed against standards expected in industry.

What does the course involve?

The course units you will study are:

  • Principles of building, communication and information
  • Preparing surfaces for decoration
  • Applying systems by brush and roller
  • Applying and creating colour
  • Producing specialist finishes for decorative work
  • Applying foundation and plain papers
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction

Entry Requirements

Entrants to this course will normally have undertaken the Level 1 Diploma in Painting & Decorating or hold GCSEs at A to C. Acceptance is via interview and prior experience will be taken into consideration.

What are the assessment methods?

Your painting and decorating skills will be assessed in a range of ways, including:

  • Observation of your practical work
  • End of unit practical tests (marked against industry standards)
  • Production of a portfolio of your knowledge and practical work
  • Online multiple-choice end of unit knowledge tests
  • Practical and knowledge workbooks

What are the progression options?

You can progress on to a Level 3 Diploma in Painting & Decorating, or look to enter the industry as a painter and decorator. Employers may take you on to complete your Level 3 as an Apprentice.

 The College offers construction courses from Levels 1 to 7. This could be the start of your progression in the construction industry. 


This course gives you the painting and decorating skills required to work in industry as a tradesperson. Painting and decorating can involve heritage, new build and restoration work. Successful learners have gained employment in the industry and set-up as a self-employed tradesperson.

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