Construction Trades - Plastering Level 2 Diploma

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Qualification: Diploma
Course Level: Level 2
Location: The Hub
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

You will gain an understanding of the construction industry and have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way.  You will follow a programme of study that enables progression to further courses and employment within the construction industry.  You will gain confidence by developing independent learning skills.


You will learn how craft activities are carried out safely and how they contribute to the construction process.


The largest proportion of workers within the industry are engaged in craft occupations. All of these require self-motivation, skills in numeracy, communications and problem solving, as well as a broad range of technical skills. Therefore whilst at college you will be expected to undertake one key skill per year which will help in the preparation into employment.

Course Structure

The course is made up of the following general and occupational specific units:-


General Core Units:-


Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and Associated Industries - Underpinning theoretical knowledge based around the Construction Industry.

Understanding Information, Quantities and Communication with Others - Underpinning theoretical knowledge based on the understanding collation of technical information, the vast amounts of quantities and the importance of communicating with others in the Construction Industry.  

Understanding of Construction Technology - Underpinning theoretical knowledge based on the understanding of structure, roles, responsibilities, terms, policies and procedures in the Construction Industry.


Occupational Specific Units:-


Apply plaster materials to internal surfaces - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding applying internal solid work.  Apply plaster materials to internal surfaces using hand tools and portable power tools.

Fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding direct bond dry lining using hand tools and portable power tools.

Apply render materials to external surfaces - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding how to apply plain faced rendering to wall using hand tools and portable power tools.

Form sand and cement screeds - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding how to lay a small floor area with semi-dry floor screed using hand tools and portable power tools.

Produce fibrous plaster components & position and secure fibrous plaster components - Underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge regarding how to produce and fix fibrous work using hand tools and portable power tools.

This course also includes tutorials, Functional Skills which includes English and Maths and Personal and Professional Development

Course Assessment

Students are assessed using practical assignments and online testing of knowledge.

Entry Requirements

  • 2 GCSE grade G or above in Maths and English.
  • Completion of a Level 1 Diploma in Plastering with a good attendance record.
  • For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment and diagnostics in Maths and English and attend an interview if necessary.
  • Show good motivation and attitude towards learning.
  • It is also important that you have an interest in this dynamic industry, that you have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in the sector, a willingness to explore new ideas and the ability to communicate your ideas.

Course Progression Routes

Successful candidates can progress onto the level 3 diploma in the following academic year or alternatively transfer onto an apprenticeship program if employment is found.

Course Career Prospects

Successful candidates would then be in a position to seek employment with suitable construction companies who are willing to offer an apprenticeship which will give the learner the chance to further their skills in the pursuit of becoming a qualified tradesman.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.


Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However, you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.

Specific Course Information Contact

Telephone Barry Watson on 01302 553942 e-mail barry.watson@don.ac.uk or contact the Academy admin team on 01302 553663

For Application and Enrolment Information Contact

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The Hub,
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