Plastering - Level 2 Diploma (CSkills)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Plastering (Construction) (QCF)
This is a practical course where the emphasis is placed on being in the workshop rather than the classroom, however there are requirements set by the Education Authority to ensure all students gain a minimum GCSE grade A-C which has become a requirement by most employers. Tutors are also making both the classroom and workshop environment more student friendly by introducing new innovative ideas and learning tools such as e-learning, smart phones and Seesaw app where students can download work and photographs to files or their personal tutor.
All practical sessions are carried out in construction site conditions, which enables the students to experience the Health and Safety guidelines required when working on site. Each session will be structured to mirror best practice, with health and safety taken into consideration at each stage. The positive and friendly approach of the staff will give you the confidence to ask, take part and question throughout the sessions.
Course Entry Requirements
This course requires the successful completion of a level 1 qualification in plastering or relevant industry experience.
Career Options and Progression
A Level 3 Diploma is recognised by the construction industry as the technical certification component of a vocational qualification. Higher education recognises a level 3 Diploma as an entry qualification, onto HNC (level 4) courses subject to the overall performance of the candidate on the course. Career opportunities exist in craft areas and the contracting/ professional areas of the construction industry. Some of these areas include: Tradesperson, Foreman, Site-agent, Architecture and Design, Building Control, Building Services Engineering, Building Surveying, Civil Engineering, Clerk of Work, Construction Management, Estate Agency, Estimating, Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Structural Engineering. More details of these career areas are available on Learnnet. The staff will give you as much advice as possible to assist you in your career progression.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress onto Level 3 Solid or Fibrous Plastering. A qualified plaster can earn between £15,000 - £25,000
Modules and Assessment
The course covers the following areas.
- Health and Safety
- Completing risk assessments
- Apply controlled suction of substrates
- Understanding application
- Producing decorative sand/lime mortar (K-Rend, Tyrolean and Wet Dash) and to wall areas.
- Applying a range of backing coats to wall areas.
- Applying finishing plasters to a variety of backgrounds, covering walls and ceilings.
- Implications of poor workmanship
- Safe storage of material and procedures
- Fix fibrous sheets, cast and fix ornamental plasterwork to interior walls
- You will be plaster boarding ceilings, laying floor screeds, applying floating and finishing coats and running mouldings In-Situ and Fibrous work
You will have a mix of assessments which include ongoing measuring of your practical skills which take place in the skills centre and measuring your theory knowledge which will be classroom based.
Teaching and Learning Methods
We have a dedicated Plastering team who are passionate about what they do and how they do it. We teach plastering skills to a range of students from year 10 school groups to mature adults, which include both males and females and those students who find learning a challenge. We are able to adapt our teaching methods to accommodate our diverse groups to ensure all our students enjoy their learning experience and achieve their true potential. The course is 70% practical and 30% theory (Maths and English) over the year. You will continue to develop skills relevant to plastering and carry out safe working practices in construction.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Learners are to conduct a minimum of 20 hours relevant work experience alongside the course. This can be achieved in a number of ways such as work on local projects, community challenge work as well as work placements. Good links with employers means that positions will be offered subject to quality CV and a successful interview through having Job Ready Status. Learners are encouraged to look for work independently.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
There will be costs for site visits and extra curriculum activities.
Steel toe capped boots, overalls or suitable change of clothes.
The college will provide PPE equipment such as visual vests and hard hats when required.
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