Level 2 Diploma


A worthwhile progression route from Level 1, this is your vital training top-up towards becoming a fully qualified plasterer.

You’ll strengthen your skills in more advanced plastering techniques and methods such as forming sand and cement screeds, producing plaster components, plastering external surfaces and dry lining.

Preparing you for the world of work, you’ll work on real-life projects both on and off campus.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Safe working practices
  • Plastering external surfaces
  • Fixing dry lining and plasterboard to interiors
  • Forming sand and cement screeds
  • Producing plaster components
  • Positioning and securing fibrous plaster components
  • Applying plaster internally
  • Applying plaster to produce complex external surfaces
  • Work placement
  • Work on community and campus based projects
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in Maths and English depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Apprentice Plasterer
  • Technical Assistant
  • Building supplier – sales
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
Sam Bailey

Ambition: Self-employed tradesperson

School: Sandbach Boys School

Age: 18

Sam had already learned his basic plastering skills on our Foundation Level 1 course last year and was keen to learn more on this more advanced course.

He’s done plaster boarding, skimming and external and internal rendering and is looking forward to sessions on coving and screeding – techniques which will help him gain a job in the competitive construction market.

He’s also gained a valuable insight into the world of work by helping on a ‘live’ build on campus. Along with fellow students, Sam helped to plaster some of the 150 en suite bedrooms in Platt Hall, our latest hall of residence.

Sam, who has also enjoyed industry visits and fund-raising activities during his course, says: “I have lots of practical skills and I’ve also learned skills for life. All of this will help me when I’m looking for a job.

“The best thing about Reaseheath is that it’s so friendly. I’ve made some really good mates here. The workshops are good too, and the staff are really helpful and supportive.”