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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR1PLB (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    This level is suitable for beginners and provides an introduction for people thinking about a career in plumbing. You will be learning basic skills and knowledge and will be supervised as you undertake various practical and knowledge based activities. This course gives you the skills and confidence to undertake basic plumbing techniques and focus on practical aspects of learning the plumbing industry. Progression from the programme would be onto a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing or onto an Apprenticeship with a suitable employer.

  • Entry Requirements

    Preferably maths and English qualifications at Level 1 and Science and ICT skills to enable progression. You will need to complete an Initial Assessment prior to acceptance. You will attend an induction before you start your course where you will undertake practical and written assessments.

  • What does the course involve?

    A variety of different practical tasks and techniques and a wider introduction to the basics of electrical installation:

    • Structure of the construction industry
    • Fundamental safe working practices
    • Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings
    • Site preparation for working in the construction industry
    • Above ground drainage
    • Copper pipework
    • Plastic pressure pipework
    • Low carbon steel pipework
    • Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
    • Plumbing science.

    You will have to achieve all units and you must also pass GCSE or Functional skills in English/maths, end of unit multiple choice tests and practical assessments.

    On completion, you can move onto a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and possibly consider an Apprenticeship in the area.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Your work is continually assessed throughout the course with each unit having a practical and theoretical assessment task.

  • How much does it cost?

    You will be expected to provide your own overalls, safety shoes and contribute to the cost of any additional enrichment activities. If you are aged 19 or over materials fees are payable on enrolment.

  • Additional Notes

    All students must attend English and maths and depending on prior achievements and initial assessments will either take GCSE or Functional Skills.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Aaron Cooper

Aaron Cooper

Level 2 Plumbing
Previous Institution: Church Stretton School

It’s great seeing the improvements I’ve made on the course and I’m looking forward to moving on to an Apprenticeship. This is a great trade to work in as there are lots of opportunities to specialise in different areas of plumbing.

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

Level 2 Plumbing
Previous school: home schooled

I chose this course as I want to follow in the family trade. I’ve had work experience with my father, so I knew that plumbing was an area I’d like to work in. This is a very enjoyable course, covering lots of skills, as well as giving you the opportunity to work with new materials. After this course I plan to go on to an Apprenticeship.

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Career Options

  • Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers

    Up to £38,000

  • Production managers and directors in construction

    Up to £53,000


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