Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing
|Mode of study
|London Road Campus
|2 September 2024
Who is it for?
The Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing is suitable for beginners and provides an introduction for people thinking about a career in plumbing. The plumbing industry is at the forefront of environmentally friendly technologies, designing and installing low carbon systems involving solar, water and rainwater harvesting.
You will be learning basic skills and knowledge, and will be supervised as you undertake various practical and theoretical activities. This course gives you the skills and confidence to undertake basic plumbing techniques and focus on practical aspects of learning the plumbing industry.
GCSE Maths and English at grade 3 or above.
What does the course involve?
The course covers the following units:
- The 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
Students will be required to attend Maths and English (GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2) depending on prior achievements and initial assessments.
How is the course assessed?
Each unit will be assessed by written assessments supported with practical assessments throughout the year together with two written knowledge tests.
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, fees for tuition, exams and materials may be payable on enrolment.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the option to progress to a Level 2 Plumbing course. An alternative option would be to do an apprenticeship.
Both these progression routes are available through Shrewsbury Colleges Group.
Our specialist teaching and fantastic facilities will aid your progression. We also offer our students the opportunity to enter local, national, and international competitions including the UK SkillPlumb competition.
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 such as A Levels via a separate application. 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 email@example.com
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.
Level 3 Plumbing Apprenticeship
Previous school: Bishop's Castle Community College
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.
I wanted to do something hands-on when I was older and not to be stuck in an office – I didn’t enjoy A Levels. I have enjoyed learning more in-depth techniques on Plumbing Level 3 as it helps you understand the practical and put it all together. You also gain the confidence to complete more jobs. I am currently working with SG Roberts and will keep that going whilst I do my Level 3 Gas next year. Eventually I think I would like to go into teaching and do the same things that the staff at SCG have done for me.
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