Painting and Decorating - Level 1 (Full-Time)

Level 1 – NVQ or Equivalent

Subject Area Construction and Built Environment

Attendance Full-Time


The painting and decorating course is designed to prepare young people for entry into the construction industry in their chosen craft. It has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This is a full time course developed for 16-18 year olds who want to build a career within the crafts of the construction industry.

Qualification Gained

Upon succesful completion of this course, you will receive a CSkills Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating.

"I would totally recommend Newcastle College because everyone is so friendly here.''

Colin Ellis
Construction Skills Awards Level 1 Diploma in Construction (Painting and Decorating)16 - 18 year old

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Apprentice Painter and Decorator - £13,000-£16,000

Middle Level Role

Qualified Painter and Decorator - £17,000-£21,000

Senior Level Role

Specialist Painter and Decorator - £22,000-£28,000

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

General Core Units

  • Occupation Specific Units
  • Synoptic Practical Assignment
  • Multiple Choice Unit End Tests
  • Online Testing of Knowledge.

You will also be required to complete Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English, unless you  have already achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in maths and or English.

Learning Methods

You will learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Group Work
  • Demonstrations
  • Discussions
  • Hands-on Practical Training and Assessment

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the learner showing what they can do as an individual through the completion of all the requirements of the qualification.

Knowledge course work and testing with specialist practical Synoptic Assignments.

Progression Opportunities

Move onto the Diploma Level 2, which is a full time course or onto an apprenticeship when you will come back to college through the NVQ route.

Career Opportunities

This Level 1 qualification will prepare you to either progress to the Diploma Level 2 full time course or into a working apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Grade 2 in English and maths.

If English is not your first language, an English language test score of 5.0 or above is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.