Plumbing
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Construction and the Built Environment Level 1 - Diploma Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 1 year

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

On this programme you will study for a C&G 7202 Level 1 Diploma focussing on the fundamental practical skills and knowledge required to progress to a plumbing Apprenticeship which would be the main progression route. The course consists of formal classroom based theory and practical sessions in the workshop. In the workshops you will build up competence in carrying out practical exercises. You will be assessed by multiple choice exams and practical tests.

What topics will I study?

You will focus on different areas learning key plumbing principles and developing hand skills and techniques. Within this course you will be required to demonstrate safe working practices. If you do not already have grade 4 or above in English and maths you will study GCSE and Functional Skills in English and maths.

Units will cover:

  • Structure of the construction industry
  • Fundamental safe working practices
  • 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
  • Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings  

What experiences will I get?

You will have the opportunity to seek work experience.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 2 in English language and in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, or equivalent.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: As the main progression route is to an Apprenticeship or Level 2 course, higher GCSE results would be a distinct advantage. You will be required to demonstrate that you have a high degree of enthusiasm and the commitment to succeed.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

  • Plumbing workshops
  • Trade specific classroom
  • Learning resource centre
  • Refectory
  • IT suite

What can the course lead on to?

You can apply to do an Apprenticeship, training with the college part-time alongside a work placement.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to be equipped with basic stationery for all your sessions. You will need to have your own overalls and safety boots- advice will be given at interview. If you are required to purchase a subject specific course book you will be advised either at interview or at the start of the course.  There is a non-refundable Workshop Fee of £95 per full time student per year. This will contribute towards the cost of tools for use in the workshop so that you do not need to provide your own. It will also cover the cost of one Hi-Viz jacket, one pair of safety glasses, one pair of gloves and the exam fee for one CSCS test. 

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


College Prospectus

We have excellent links with the University of Exeter and The National Skills Academy has allowed numerous on site visits, vital to your experience.

course news

Josh Ellis was announced as Plumbing Apprentice of the Year at the the Skills Award 2014 click here to view the winner's citation 

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