This course is designed to equip you with the basic skills in plumbing for the mechanical service environment.
You will learn about health and safety, plumbing science, cold and hot water, central heating, sanitation and other subjects related to the industry.
On the Level 3 programme you will study more advanced subjects such as gas installation.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
The course has been designed to contribute to providing evidence of occupational competence for working within the plumbing mechanical service environment.
The main subjects you will take are:
11 theory units with unit assessment and end exam, including:
- Health and Safety
- Plumbing Science
- Cold and hot water
- Central heating
- Sheet lead
Continual assessment of both theoretical and practical work - assessment is based on candidates showing what they can do.
Practical assessment is a portfolio of assessment projects that need completing. These use a range of materials including copper, steel, sheet lead and plastics.
All exams are online multiple choice questions.
You should normally have four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including Maths or English.
Adult students may be accepted without formal qualifications.
All applicants are interviewed and accepted on an individual basis.
After Your Course
This course provides you with the skills to progress your career in the plumbing industry. Most students progress onto the Level 3 full-time course or an apprenticeship.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course