Construction and the Built Environment

Summary of course

This Level 1 course will teach you essential skills to prepare you for further training within the construction environment – specialising is plastering. You will learn about Health and Safety and the units listed below will help you to begin, or continue, your journey towards employment within the construction industry or further study to enhance your employability.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include: Core units:

  • Health, safety and welfare in construction
  • Principles of building construction, information and communication
  • Prepare background surfaces and mix plastering materials
  • Apply scratch coats and internal backgrounds
  • Fixing sheet materials
  • Apply floating coats to wall
  • Apply setting coats to wall *All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

  • Practical task
  • Assignment
  • On-line multi-choice exams

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don’t have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in plastering and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification in Plastering.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression and Career Opportunities Level 2 qualification in Plastering and Decorative Moulding Employment as a Plasterer, Flooring Specialist or External Coverings Self employment Apprenticeship within the construction industry

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at grade E (2) or above All applicants will be invited for interview Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place. Be prepared to talk about what interests you about learning about and working within the construction industry, plastering, external finishes and decorative mouldings.

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will need to have personal protective equipment such as eye protection, overalls and safety boots. We will provide you with a list before you join the course. You may be able to apply to the College Bursary Fund for help with paying for these items.

Course fee information


student success

Ollie Jashanica

Ollie Jashanica

Persistence paid off for Level 2 carpentry and joinery student Ollie Jashanica who landed himself a paid job after impressing on work experience.The first year student completed a successful placement...

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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