Foundation in Construction (Painting and Decorating and Tiling)

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Construction and the Built Environment
  • Course Length:

    1 year

  • Bilingual:

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like to start a career in Painting and Decorating and Tiling? You know that you want to follow one of these two trades in Construction. Then this course is for you!

This programme introduces you to the introductory skills of Painting and Decorating and Tiling. The Foundation course provides a broad curriculum which covers careers and job roles commonly found in the construction sector.

The Foundation qualification has common units and themes found in other Foundation in Construction pathways; the aim is to broaden the wider knowledge of how the construction industry operates and better equip learners for employment in the construction sector.

The programme is suitable for a variety of people looking to work in construction. This includes students progressing from school, or individuals from other sectors looking for a change of career. You will gain the practical knowledge you need to proceed onto a Construction Progression Qualification (Level 3) or into the industry through gaining an Apprenticeship.

Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade G or above
  • or successful completion of the Pathway to Construction Skills Qualification,
  • or a relevant level 1 qualification,
  • or relevant industry work experience, or relevant employment. As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


You will study a variety of subject-specific modules, in addition to Literacy and Numeracy skills.

The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Group work
  • Workshop practical sessions
  • Classroom-based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits
Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.


This programme is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • On-line assessment (provided bilingually, learners can toggle between English and Welsh during the online test).
  • Synoptic test to include both trade routes.
  • Guided discussion.


Construction Progression Qualification

(This programme allows learners to focus on one specific trade)

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Installation
  • Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Tiling

Apprenticeship in Construction

( note, that apprenticeships in construction require learners to complete the Foundation in Construction Qualification, learners who have completed this qualification while attending a full time construction course at Grwp Llandrillo Menai are exempt from the Foundation Qualification during an apprenticeship)

Would you like to apply for this course?