This course is designed to equip you with the basic skills in plumbing and heating.
You will learn about health and safety, plumbing science, plumbing processes, 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 environmental technology.
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 to enable progression to a level 3 qualification, or an apprenticeship.
The main subjects you will take are:
11 theory units with unit assessment and end exam, including:
- Health and Safety
- Plumbing Science
- Plumbing & Heating Processes
- Cold and hot water
- Central heating
- Sheet lead
- Electrical & Scientific Principles
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.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Have an annual salary of less than £18,525
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22 and are not studying at another school/college
- Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/22 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.