Preparation and Application of Paint Systems

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus


This is a nationally-recognised course covering proper use of tools and equipment. The course covers several practical based units such as: preparation, painting , wall paper hanging, scaffolding and theory units about the construction industry.

The practical element of the course accounts for the majority of the time spent at college and the remainder is taken up by classroom-based tasks such as: basic construction drawing skills, health and safety, scaffolding, construction technologies and mandatory core skills.

Successful completion of this course will gain you a City and Guilds Diploma in Painting and Decorating at SCQF level 5.

Practical elements of this course cover:
Introduction to painting and decorating tools and techniques; Preparing surfaces for decorating; Learning about colour schemes; Applying paint by brush and rollers to walls and ceilings; Applying a range of decorative effects such as woodgrain; Applying wallpapers to walls and ceilings; Learning how to erect scaffolding.

Entry Requirements

1 subject at National 5 and 4 at National 4 including English, Maths, or a science subject. Or 6 subjects at National 4 including English, Maths or a science subject. Interview and pre-entry test.

Progression Routes

SVQ Painting and Decorating at SCQF Level 6/7, Modern Apprenticeship

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Construction and the Built Environment

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

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