Level 1 Diploma


A great course if you’re looking for an introduction to plastering. You’ll explore a range of building methods and construction technology, developing skills in wet plastering and dry lining.

This is perfect initial training if you’re keen to start out as a plasterer. If you’ve a good head for heights, keen attention to detail and a good team player, this course could be for you!

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Preparing background surfaces and materials
  • Applying plaster materials to a variety of backgrounds
  • Producing components from moulds
  • Safe working practices in construction
  • Project work
  • Work placement
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Some GCSEs at grade 2 or above
  • Practical ability

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Construction operative
  • Apprentice plasterer
  • Building supplies operative
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for 785 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

Student Profile
Curtis Cain

Ambition: Master craftsman

School: Ruskin Sports College, Crewe

Age: 17

Although he’s only been with us for a few months, Curtis already gains a sense of achievement when he views a wall he has just plastered.

He’s learned first stage rendering and skimming and is looking forward to gaining more complex skills as he progresses through our Level 2 and 3 courses. He’s also started his work placement with a local building company.

Curtis has always wanted to work in the construction industry and chose to learn plastering after watching tradesmen working at his home. He’s also taken inspiration from tv programmes like Grand Designs.

Curtis came to Reaseheath after GCSEs and had no problems settling in as he’d already studied adventure sports with us as a Year 10 and 11 pupil. And he’s very glad that he’s chosen a trade with good career opportunities.

“I thought plastering looked like fun and quite creative”, says Curtis. “I’m really enjoying learning different skills and seeing them come together. I think plastering is a good trade to be in because there’s a lot of work out there. Also you’re not just earning a living – you’re helping people to live more comfortably.”