DIY Beginners (Wednesday)
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Leisure Devon and Exeter Construction Centre (Falcon House) 02-Oct-19 27-Nov-19 Wednesday 18.00-21.00 £203 £93

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This is a hands on practical course for beginners or those with some experience. You will look at a wide range of DIY skills including carpentry, plumbing, plastering and bricklaying. You will need to wear solid shoes and overalls/old clothing. All materials provided.

Students will have informal assessment and feedback from the tutor and this will be recorded on an individual learning plan. Students will not have access to machinery during classes.

There are further dates throughout the year - please contact us for information or visit the website again from September 2019. 

What topics will I study?

You will cover the following (Similar format all three terms, format is flexible and may vary):

  • health and safety and basic tools
  • basic wood joints; advanced hand tools
  • brick wall construction
  • introduction to power tools
  • sanders and planers
  • basic decorating skills
  • basic plastering skills
  • introduction to tiling and grouting, basic plumbing, taps, radiator bleeding, joints, leak detection, stop valves and ball cocks.

What are the entry requirements?

None, all welcome. All students on construction courses are required to have their own steel-toed shoes. Overalls or a change of clothing must be brought to each lesson.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. 

What can the course lead on to?

There are other construction courses available such as Carpentry and Bricklaying.

Are there any additional costs?

None, all materials are included.

What do our students think?

I`ve just finished the brilliant beginners DIY course. I have learnt so much and gained masses of confidence to tackle all the jobs on the house I may have previously got an expensive tradesman to do. Matt was a great teacher, the group bonded really well and he was always there for us to ask specific questions about any projects we planned to do at home. A fantastic course, well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone!"

It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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