Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Home Maintenance for Beginners

Home Maintenance for Beginners

A protruding Tape Measure rule moulded into a house image.

6219-04 Level 1 Award in Construction Skills, City & Guilds

Learn the knowledge and skills to effectively maintain and enhance your living spaces.



Is this course right for me?

Home Maintenance for Beginners is a comprehensive course designed to introduce participants with no prior experience or knowledge of DIY tasks to the fundamentals of home maintenance. Led by experienced tradespeople, this nine week course will provide hands-on training in the safe use of a range of hand and power tools, measuring, marking, levelling of materials, cutting and fixing, selection and application of fixings.

Participants will also learn essential skills such as locating hidden services, fixing shelves and hanging pictures, basic plumbing repairs, unblocking drains, replacing tap washers, removing and replacing silicone seals, basic wall tiling, and simply how to fill and prepare walls and other surfaces prior to decorating.

Each week you will build on your own model to be able to undertake the next section of the course.

  • No formal entry requirements

The course will cover:

Introduction to Hand Tools and Safety

  • Identification and proper use of basic hand tools
  • Marking and measuring techniques
  • Hand tool maintenance and care

Introduction to power Tools and Safety

  • Safe use of power tools
  • Correct selection of drill bits and attachments
  • Locating hidden services (cables and pipes)

Shelving and Picture Hanging

  • Fixing materials using various techniques (glues, nails, screws, raw plugs)
  • Properly fixing shelves to walls
  • Hanging pictures securely
  • Determining weight capacities and load distribution
  • Different types of wall fixings and their applications

Basic Plumbing Repairs

  • Introduction to basic plumbing
  • Lifting floorboards and accessing utilities
  • Changing a tap washer
  • Fixing ball cocks in toilets
  • Addressing common plumbing issues
  • Working with pipe fittings and connectors

Drain Unblocking

  • Identifying and diagnosing drain blockages
  • Safe methods for unblocking drains
  • Using basic tools for drain clearance
  • Preventative measures for maintaining clear drains

 Silicone Seal Removal and Replacement

  • Removing old silicone seals
  • Preparing surfaces for new sealant
  • Applying silicone sealant effectively
  • Ensuring a watertight seal

Basic Wall Tiling

  • Introduction to wall tiling materials and tools
  • Measuring and cutting tiles
  • Applying adhesive and setting tiles
  • Grouting and finishing techniques

Wall Filling and Patching

  • Understanding different wall materials and their properties
  • Filling cracks, holes, and dents in walls
  • Sanding and preparing surfaces for painting or wallpapering
  • Achieving a smooth and even finish

Apart from safety boots, no tools or materials will be required as they will be provided during the course.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Practical assessment during the course

You may wish to consider another of our part-time courses.

  • Carpentry safety boots/shoes - £14/£39

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

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Last updated: 09/04/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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