Entry requirements for our courses depend on the specific requirements of each Programme of Study and an individual's previous experience, which will
all be discussed during the interview process.
The following list offers a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry on to a particular level of a course.
Entry Level 3 Programmes
No formal entry qualifications but subject to approval from theF oundation Learning Assessment Team.
Level 1 Programmes
GCSEs grade E to G or equivalent, including Foundation Awards and Entry Level Certificates.
Level 2 Programmes
Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 1 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at Level 1.
Level 3 Programmes
Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English language OR Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above including Maths and English language and relevant
subject qualification OR Minimum of Level 2 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at level 2.
Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
This programme requires a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs, that includes English and Maths, at Grade C or above. You will also be asked to produce a portfolio of work.
Progressing to each level of study
Once you successfully completed your course you may be able to progress to the next level, following a satisfactory interview with a Tutor. If you’ve finished your Level 3 course
you will be offered advice and guidance from our Career Advisers on how to apply for a place at University through UCAS, or how to apply for a job or an Apprenticeship.
Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses generally last one year; Level 3 courses will usually last for two years.
Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire. Fernand Leger
Painting and Decorating
The UK construction industry
employs more than 2.2 million
people. Painters and Decorators
are a major contribution to this
figure. As a Painter and Decorator
you have the responsibility for
the painting and decorating of
buildings to make them look
better or to protect them from
damage by water, rust, corrosion
This work could also include new buildings, the maintenance, refurbishment or renovation work of old buildings and can fall into public funded projects or private work. Painting and Decorating make a huge contribution to the Construction industry all around the UK. The number of houses being built is set to rise by 20.2% by 2018 so the demand for Construction Industry Tradesmen is currently very high so you can look forward to a long and rewarding career in this industry.
These courses include learning about different methods of painting surfaces as well as methods of applying paper and producing specialist finishes, using paint systems using High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) spray equipment and erecting and using working platforms. Learners will have the chance to undertake work experience.
Ryan decided that he couldn’t wait for his dream career to come along, so he created his own . Ryan has now been successfully running his own business, RSG Decorating, for over two years
Ryan said: “I decided to use my own initiative while I was studying my Level 1 Diploma and started doing small jobs for people. The work just kept coming in and now I work in lots of different commercial and domestic environments while I’m also learning about the industry at the Institute.”