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1 Year
Milnthorpe Road Campus


“It is good for the soul to create with our hands.” This is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Course Overview

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 course will cover the following modules:
- Health and safety
- Plumbing and heating processes
- Electrical and scientific principles
- Cold water
- Hot water central heating
- Sanitation
- Intro to renewable technologies (heat pumps, solar thermal, energy conservation)

You will be assessed through a synoptic practical exam and online theory exams and provided with work placement to gain the essential skills for the industry.

On completion you will be given the opportunity to progress to level 3 technical, or this will provide a foundation to progress to the Apprenticeship standard level 3 and then onto HNC in the BSE sector to a variety of pathways in the renewable industry.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have four GCSEs at grade 4 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.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.

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 £20,319.
  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
  • Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.

See the Student Money pages for more information.

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