• Trades

    Pre-Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating @ SCQF5

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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As of 27 May 2022, applications for this course at the Ayr Campus are for a Waiting List only

Construction is a huge industry covering housing, commercial premises (like shops, hotels or offices) and industrial buildings (like factories or warehouses). Within construction there are several key trades, including bricklaying, carpentry and joinery, and painting and decorating. Skilled tradesmen usually find themselves in high demand - from homeowners as well as industry - so if you invest in your abilities now, you could have a great future ahead!

All our trades staff are highly skilled and experienced, and fully committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with you. Ayrshire College is also recognised as a centre of excellence by the Construction Industry Training Board, so there’s no better place to come and learn a trade!

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in painting and decorating
  • Three National 4s or three relevant Standard Grades at General Level OR City & Guilds Certificate in Painting and Decorating (Level 4) OR Skills for Work (Level 4)
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience and are really keen, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's involved

This course will give you a good foundation for becoming a skilled tradesperson. As you might expect, you’ll do loads of practical work, including painting and wallpapering. You’ll also do a bit of theory and will find out what you need to know to work successfully in the construction industry.

We’ll help you develop your skills for employment, such as working as part of a team. You’ll begin with basic painting, and learn how to prepare and paint different surfaces. Then it’s onto fancier stuff and decorative treatments. You’ll learn how to produce bands and lines in paint, create brush effects and paint designs using free brushwork techniques.

Next you’ll tackle paperhanging, and discover the tricks and top tips for a perfectly papered wall. You’ll learn how to prepare the surface properly, mix and apply paste, produce plumb lines, and cut and hang plain wallpapers. Once you’ve got that, you’ll move onto textured and patterned paper, and learn how to match and join it on walls and ceilings.

Along the way, you’ll look at colour theories. You’ll discover how to mix and match colours, and develop an eye for producing both bold and subtle colour schemes.

On the theory side of things, you’ll explore construction practices within the different trades, including how to produce construction drawings, work efficiently and store materials safely. You’ll also look at health and safety, such as risk assessment or working at height. You’ll learn basic ICT and how it can help on a day to day basis in construction – from searching online for materials to submitting electronic time sheets.

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto City & Guilds Diploma in Painting and Decorating (Level 6)
  • Seeking to start your career with an apprenticeship in painting and decorating

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Closed for Application



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