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In Short

If you wish to learn the basics and move towards a qualification as a plumber then this courses is for you. The course offers skills and knowledge in a wide range of plumbing and heating engineering aspects.


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview. A positive attitude and a willingness to work hard. Applications from mature students are welcome. GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths or Level 2 Functional Skills in English & Maths. Progression from Level 1 Plumbing Studies or relevant Industry experience may also be possible.

Course Content

The practical and theoretical subjects will include the fundamentals in building services engineering:

  • Health and safety in building
  • Services engineering
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place throughout the course, Plumbing theory will have an online multiple choice exam at the end of each unit. Plumbing practical assessments are provided in a paper based portfolio, the assessments will be undertaken in our workshop following relevant unit training



You can progress from Level 1 to Level 2, both qualifications will improve your prospects of finding employment or apprenticeship training in the plumbing/domestic heating industry.



It is essential that you purchase overalls and safety boots/shoes to wear in the workshop as without these no practical work can be undertaken. Tools from level 1 are still required and the C&G 6035 course textbook and a water regulations guide will also need to be purchased.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email

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