Course: Painting and Decorating Level 1

Study Level

Level 1


Lowestoft Campus


1 Year



Gain an industry recognised qualification and prepare for the world of work with our painting and decorating courses. You will be taught by industry qualified decorators in our well-equipped and maintained painting workshops and classrooms.

This course also includes work experience, which can be arranged through college or undertaken with a friend or relative working within the industry who is prepared to give you some valued work experience.

During your course, you will develop your practical skills and knowledge, learning how to prepare surfaces, paint by brush and roller, wallpapering, complete decorative effects and colours, spraying and health and safety practices.

Why study with us:

  • You will learn and develop practical trade skills to enter the world of work.
  • You will be taught by our highly skilled and qualified members of staff.
  • You will benefit from guest speakers from local decorating firms, visits to trade outlets and the National Painting and Decorating Show in Coventry.


You will need to have achieved at least an Entry Level 3 qualification in English and maths. You will also need to attend an interview before being accepted on to this course.


You can progress on to Painting and Decorating Level 2.

Former students from the construction department have gone on to work within the industry or have even set up their own businesses. Many are now helping to train the workforce of the future as they have also taken on apprentices of their own.

"Shield Decorating Ltd has worked closely with the team at East Coast College to provide placements for painting and decorating students for the last six years, often leading to employment opportunities. Working with East Coast College, we hope to be able to encourage more young people into the painting and decorating profession and provide them with opportunities to learn new techniques and modern painting methods whilst working for us on a varied range of projects across Norfolk and Suffolk."

Rebecca Burns, Business Admin Manager

Shield Decorating Ltd

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