Painting and Decorating NPA SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

Are you looking to pursue a career in painting and decorating or a related construction occupation?

You will gain essential hands-on skills in our classrooms and workshops and real-life experience of the painting and decorating trade through a work placement. We have established employer links which also include site visits and guest speakers.

Good attendance and achievement on this course will enhance opportunities for anyone who is enthusiastic, with a keen interest to progress onto an apprenticeship or employment as a painter and decorator. 

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, your personal statement should reflect your passion for this subject. 
  • You will need to demonstrate that you are motivated and interested in painting and decorating. 

Units include:-

  • Preparing and painting surfaces
  • Decorative painting 
  • Paperhanging
  • Decorative treatments
  • Health and Safety in the Construction Industry 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • The programme will be delivered face to face delivery.  

Various teaching methods will be used including:- 

  • Workshops (practical) – to develop practical craft skills and dexterity as well as an awareness of Health and Safety and enhance communications skills.
  • Workshops (design and technical) – Case study scenarios will be used to investigate, research and solve problems in group and/or individual activities.
  • Tutorials – we encourage debate to support teaching and learning.
  • Visiting speakers – selected for subject expertise and experience, where these bring a substantial benefit to students and allow the students to hear from other peers out with the academic staff. Students will also be able to present on projects they have been working on to enhance learning.
  • Project based learning – much of the programme will be framed around a series of projects to engage and interest learners.

How long will my course last?

20 Weeks

4 days per week

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    January or August


    Fee information for FULL TIME Further Education courses

    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)




    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

    Fee information for PART TIME Further Education courses

    A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our Fee Waiver Policy to see if you are eligible.

    Scottish students

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 



    Part-time (per credit)



    Rest of UK and International students 

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 


    Part-time (per credit)


    Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase PPE as part of this course (between £50 and £100). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?



    • Semi-skilled labourer in the construction industry 
    • Modern Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating

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    To study this course in January 2024, please click here January 2024

    To study this course in August 2024, please click here August 2024

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.