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Construction Painting & Decorating - Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Further Learning and Employment

Construction Trades

Course ID: 174672

Course Year: 24/25

What to expect from the course

The intent of this study programme is to prepare you for progression to the next level of study or into employment in your chosen trade. The Level 1 programme is a great way to start your career, as it enables you to develop the skills and knowledge required whilst applying safe practice alongside gaining confidence to progress in college and into the Construction industry.

Working with materials such as paint, varnish and wallpaper can be very creative, meaning that work which is produced will be admired for years to come. You will gain knowledge and skills required for the use of the specialist tools. As a painter & decorator, you'll need a good head for heights and to be happy to work outdoors. You'll also need to be precise, accurate and be able to follow instructions to ensure the work is complete to the highest standard.

Alongside Painting & Decorating, you must have a dedicated approach to your English and maths sessions. Our expectation is that you will make progress by improving the level you have achieved at school or college. You will be assessed for your English and Maths to ensure that you are working at the correct level.

If you have no prior experience and are not employed, then this course might just be what you are looking for. This programme will help you develop key skills to improve your opportunities of gaining employment.

Employers demand that all potential employees can:
• Use maths skills to assist work practices
• Use English skills to communicate, both verbally and written with colleagues and customers
• Attend regularly and arrive on time
• Work safely at all times
• Display excellent practical skills and good trade knowledge
• Work independently or as part of a team
• Find solutions to problems

What will the programme include?
• Maths and English sessions – improve your current level, working towards a GCSE level 4
• Practical workshop sessions – gain skills to earn money
• Theory sessions – be able to link theory to the practical work you have completed
• Work related activities – can you follow instructions and complete an employer
• Industry guest speakers – listen to what the experts say, ask questions, find out if this career is for you?
• Site visits – tour a live site to observe projects in the local area. See site expectations for safety.
• Work experience – put your learning into practice on a live site.
• Tutorial sessions – develop you personally and plan your career progression
• Skills competitions – showcase your skills, can you win?

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

On successful completion you may be able to progress onto Level 2 courses like:
• CSKILLS NOCN Level 2 Diploma in Painting & Decorating
• L2 Painting & Decorating Standard Apprenticeship (if employed as a Painter & Decorator)

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You do not need to have any formal qualifications in Painting & Decorating but you will need to show that you have an interest in the area. You will need to be at Entry 3 or above in English and Maths (GCSE grades 2 or above).

Important nNote: All students are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment in the workshops. Students may be able to purchase these through the college at a reduced cost.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £33,958.60 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 1291.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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