This one-year course consists of theory and practical tasks which introduce students to the skills and techniques used in the plumbing industry.


Meet our students Ben Perrin

Ben Perrin

“This was the best study option for me. Having a couple of great tutors working alongside us is definitely one of the biggest positives.”

Meet our students Jack Ward

Jack Ward

“The atmosphere at the open evening was inviting. The teachers have been the best help in aiding us to learn and I have enjoyed seeing how far I’ve come over the year.”

  • Description

    Units range from: Structure of the construction industry Fundamental safe working practices Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings Site preparation for working in the construction industry Copper pipework Plastic pressure pipework Low carbon steel pipework Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems Plumbing science

  • Entry Requirements
    Four GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably including Maths and English, a vocational qualification at pass or above, and Functional Skills Maths and English preferably at Entry Level 3.

    The course is continuously assessed by both practical and written assignments and controlled assessment exams.

    No previous experience is required, as this course will train you to use basic hand tools and work safely within a plumbing environment.

  • Qualification

    Diploma in Plumbing Studies Level 1

  • Progression

    Level 2 Plumbing, employment or an apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    The course is continuously assessed by both practical and written assignments and exams.

  • Home Study

    Some homework may be set to assist the completion of some of the theory units.

  • Work Placement

    Students will undertake a short work placement as part of their course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students are required to purchase their own steel toe-cap boots to be worn during workshop based lessons.

Code Start Fees*
PLUMBL1 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.