Plumbing
Faculty of Construction and the Built Environment
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Construction and the Built Environment Level 2 - Level 2 Diploma Devon and Exeter Construction Centre 1 year

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

This course is designed to meet industry standards and provides a good grounding for you to go on to a higher level course or to start work.

The course consists of classroom based theory and practical sessions in the workshop. Assessment will be through a combination of online exams and practical exercises.

What topics will I study?

It covers all the required foundation skills, including domestic piping, the domestic water system, soldering, and health and safety. Within this course you will be required to demonstrate safe working practices. You will do Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2.

Units will cover:

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical principles
  • Scientific principles
  • Plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems

What experiences will I get?

You will benefit from strong industry links, guest speakers and site visits.

Although work experience is not a requirement of the course students attending this programme would benefit from work experience in order to aid progression and potentially improve employment opportunities.

What are the entry requirements?

This is a progression course for those students who have:

  • Successfully completed a Level 1 plumbing course
  • Previously shown a high commitment to studying by achieving high attendance rates (in excess of 85%) and a strong commitment towards becoming 'work ready'
  • Have been successful in achieving Functional Skills targets at Level 1

Students who have not achieved all the above may still be considered for the course based on how well they performed in the previous year and their attitude and commitment towards achieving their full potential.

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?

  • Specialist plumbing workshops
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Refectory
  • IT suite

What can the course lead on to?

Subject to securing an employer/adequate work experience opportunity, you can progress onto an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship, working towards an NVQ Diploma and attending the college on a day release basis. This route will enable you to work towards becoming a fully qualified plumber.

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. You do not need to purchase any tools or equipment as we supply these for your use in college. 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.


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Josh Ellis was announced as Plumbing Apprentice of the Year at the Skills Awards 2014 - CLICK HERE to view the winner's citation.

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