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DIY for Beginners

Our 6 week DIY construction course is designed for students with little or no previous experience in the construction environment. Students will have access to our broad range of tools and equipment in our large, purpose-built workshops and will become familiar with key techniques and processes involved in important DIY functions such as replacing floorboards, fitting sinks and worktops, removing an existing kitchen and tiling. Much of the course will be hands on and will involve in a number of practical projects. This course is an excellent way to gain the knowledge and confidence to fix and maintain your own home or environment, saving money and improving your skills at the same time. For those who discover a real passion for construction as a result of doing this course, Richmond upon Thames College offers many more courses in construction from beginner to advanced level.

Date Time Days Duration
21/02/2018 - 28/03/2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM Wednesday 6 weeks
18/04/2018 - 23/05/2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM Wednesday 6 weeks

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    How much does the course cost? All Fees £450

  • What is the course about and how might it benefit me?

    This course is suitable for anyone with a keen interest in renovating their own property, typically their kitchen.

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?

    There are no formal entry qualifications, just an interest in improving your hand skills and building knowledge. It is intended for those who have no previous experience or those who would like to expand their knowledge. During the course, you will be introduced to a variety of building techniques. You should be familiar with some basic health and safety.

  • How will I be taught?

    You will learn how to;


    • Remove the existing kitchen
    • Replace the floorboards
    • Investigate damp problems and repair brickwork
    • Construct and fit base and wall units
    • Fit work tops, sink and hob
    • Tile and silicon
    • Understand different painting methods
    • Laminate flooring
  • How will I be assessed?

    The teacher will record your progress and provide informal regular feedback throughout the course. At the end of your study you will be asked to self-assess your own progress and achievement against the expected achievements as outlined above.


    Although there is no external assessment, you will need to carry out a number of practical projects to demonstrate competence in the skills taught.


    These include;

    • Understanding safe practices
    • Identifying potential damp issues
    • Applying the correct levelling techniques
    • Professional finishing
  • What qualification will I get?

    At the end of the course you will receive a Richmond upon Thames College certificate of achievement.

  • What can the course lead to?

    After the course, there is an opportunity to go on to further 6-week courses in: carpentry; plastering; brickwork; basic plumbing; painting and decorating.

  • How do I join the course?

    You can enrol for the course by clicking the Add to Basket button at the top of the page. For more information, visit How to Enrol.

  • Further information

    For more information, call Training Solutions on 020 8607 8306 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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