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Plumbing (Level 2)

Key course information

Construction and Trades


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

This one-year course is designed to enhance the chances of gaining employment as a trainee Plumber. You will gain workshop experience in a number of areas relevant to domestic plumbing installations, such as pipe bending and soldering, cutting and threading, hot and cold water supplies and sanitaryware installations. All students enrolled should be actively seeking employment within the trade, which could enable them to return to enrol on the full NVQ programme and a day release basis.

What will I learn?

Units include:
Health and Safety in building services engineering
Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
Common plumbing process
Cold water systems
Domestic hot water systems
Sanitation systems Central heating systems
Drainage systems
Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering
Environmental awareness
Effective working relationships
Basic Plumbing studies-practical tasks

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are for students who have completed a Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing Studies, and for 19+ students applying for direct entry to a level 2 with a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths.

Candidates will need to pass the British Plumbing Employers Council apritutde test, provide a good reference and conduct a satisfactory interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be assessed in both theory and practical work throughout the course. We expect all students to do a degree of home study. This will be trade focused and go towards your theory studies in College. The final qualification will be City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies. Students will undertake Functional Skills in Maths and English at an appropriate Level. Functional Skills components are essential in gaining entry into employment.

Additional Costs and Information

We would recommend you purchase some resources such as textbooks; a list will be sent to you before you start the course.You will also be expected to purchase safety footware and overalls as these are mandatory for all practical sessions.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

You could progress onto the Level 3 Technical Certificate. Once you are employed within the trade you can enrol onto the NVQ programmes. Completion of the relevant NVQ will give you the necessary qualification to apply to start the Gas Safe/BPEC registration process and work on domestic gas installations. Many of our students have gone into the areas of design and specification and some are now running their own businesses.

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