• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group19+
  • Duration24 weeks
  • Awarding bodyCity & Guilds


This course is designed for students who are interested in developing /advancing their technical skills in painting and decorating. The course has a range of exciting content where you will have the opportunity to test your ability and advance your skills against the complex surfaces within the painting & decorating workshop.

You will understand how to estimate materials and price up jobs and learn how to be competitive within the industry. You will produce specialist decorative effects and install centre pieces and coving and hang specialist wall coverings as well as all other traditional aspects of painting and decorating. Some students from the course will be chosen to represent the College at local and national skills competitions.

Tutors will support you into real life work placements that will help you to develop your understanding of what the industry is about whilst preparing you for the world of work.

The College’s excellent links with employers could open the door to employment with training in the form of an apprenticeship or fulltime employment. Health and safety is paramount within the industry and you will be trained in all aspects of this to ensure that you are kept safe throughout the programme and all work placements.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules include:

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction
  • Principles of Organising, Planning and Pricing Construction Work 
  • Erecting and Dismantling Access Equipment and Working Platforms
  • Applying Hangings to Walls and Ceilings
  • Producing Specialist Finishes for Painter & Decorative Work
  • Producing Specialist Architectural Finishes for Decorative Work
  • Applying Water-Borne Paint Systems Using Airless Equipment
  • Applying Water-Borne Paint Systems Using High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) Spray Equipment

2 Days per week, days and times confirmed upon enrolment.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a Level 2 in Painting and Decorating.

On-going assessment will take place throughout the course with a strong emphasis on practical skills.

There are also a number of short theory tests and a multiple choice on-line exam at the end of the course.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher education courses such as ONC / HNC Building Studies which can lead to supervisory and management positions within the construction industry. You could also use the skills that you have learned on this course to move to another trade area at the same or higher level.

You could progress into an apprenticeship programme if you have an employer where you would be paid for working and still attend college for one day per week. It also allows candidates to progress into employment or to the City & Guilds qualification, Level 2/3 NVQ Diploma in Painting and Decorating.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.

Level 3 Entitlement: If you are aged 19 - 23 on the start date of the course and this is your first full Level 3 qualification the course is free. For more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333.

Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged 19-23 and this is not your first full Level 3 qualification or you are aged 24 or over on the start date of the course, you will have to pay fees. However,
you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of the fee. For information on
Advanced Learning Loans go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/.
Please note any fee shown excludes any additional costs to learners for any necessary equipment, materials, uniforms or any visit/residential that learners are required to participate in.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.


If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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