Course Title Diploma in Plastering Level 1
Level: 1
Code Y092

Overview of the Course

The Level 1 Diploma in Plastering is designed to prepare you for entry into the construction industry as a trainee plasterer. You will develop basic practical hand skills and have the opportunity to learn how to use a variety of tools. You will also learn about various plastering techniques such as how to prepare surfaces. You will have the opportunity to build your confidence by practising the skills you learn in a realistic training environment. To be successful you will need to be precise, accurate and be able to follow instructions. Approximately 60% of the course is practical based in workshops and 40% is theory. You may also have an opportunity to develop skills in a different trade such as tiling of brickwork. You will also carry out a work placement as part of your studies as well as having opportunities to be involved in external local community projects.

What are the career opportunities?

On completion of this diploma, you may progress onto an Apprenticeship or on to the Level 2 Diploma in Plastering. There are many exciting employment opportunities in plastering such as working on new build projects, restoration and renovation work. Other opportunities also exist within the wider area of the industry such as product development, supply and sales. Construction offers huge employment potential for learners interested in the sector. It contributes £90bn to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total, with over 2.9 million jobs in over 280,000 businesses. The global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5 trillion today to $12 trillion in 2025. Construction employment is very diverse ranging from single home repairs to working on major infrastructure developments.

What are the entry requirements?

Maths and English 9-3 (A*-D) plus one other GCSE.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

Achievement of each unit is by internal testing undertaken by the lecturer. Each knowledge unit also has a mandatory series of questions produced by NOCN and managed by the lecturer. The practical assessment is set by the awarding body and controlled by the lecturer. You must pass all practical and theoretical elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification. Topics covered include: Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction, Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others, Knowledge of building methods and construction technology, Know how to prepare background surfaces and plaster materials, Know how to apply plaster materials to internal backgrounds, Know how to produce components from moulds. You will also study English and maths to provide you with the skills you need to operate confidently, effectively and independently in learning, life and work. At Bury College we are committed to developing these skills to prepare you for your future career. You will receive an initial assessment and, if you have not already achieved A*-C GCSE in these subjects, you will be supported in working towards gaining these during your time with us in specialist classes at a level appropriate to you. If you have already achieved A*-C, you will continue to have these vital skills developed within your chosen course of study.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important; you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply rations and formulae to standard units of weight, length, time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a 5-day work experience placement during term 2. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Construction students have recently had successful work experience placements with the following employers: Kaberry Building, Carefoot PLC, Six Town Housing, Seddon Construction, Travis Perkins, Cruden Construction.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and career events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You are required to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that you must wear in all practical sessions; this will include a hi-visibility vest, a pair of gloves and safety goggles, all available to purchase from college at enrolment. In addition, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe capped boots.

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