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Study Programme


Level 1 Diploma

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Course Length:

Level 1 - 1 year
Level 2 - 1 year
Level 3 - 1 year


South Bank Campus

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Course overview

This plumbing course is ideal for those who want to pursue a career in plumbing.

Plumbers install, service and repair water supply, sanitation and heating systems. They also install bathroom suites including showers, toilets and basins.

Our study programmes include a vocational course, English and maths, work experience and employability skills.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in sport and enrichment activities alongside their course.

You can easily transfer from a study programme onto a plumbing apprenticeship course if you secure employment in the plumbing industry.

Course content

On this plumbing course you will study:

  • How to cut, bend and solder copper pipe ready for installation
  • How to cut and join plastic pipe ready for installation
  • How to prepare the workplace/site ready for work to be carried out
  • The health and safety legislation relating to the installation and maintenance of electrical and plumbing systems
  • The science behind plumbing e.g. heat transfers, power, forces and pressure
  • How to install bathrooms, heating systems, and waste sanitation systems (level 2 only)
  • How to cut, bend and solder copper pipe ready for installation (level 2 only)

No matter what level you are currently working at, you will continue learning English and maths throughout your course. 

Entry requirements

The Level 1 Diploma requires 5 GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 3, and 3 other subjects with an average grade 3.

If you’re interested in this course but don’t have these grades, please still get in touch as we can offer you support to achieve Maths and English qualifications.

To speak with an adviser, please call 0113 222 6002.



What can I do after this course?

After completing this course there are a number of options available, depending on your final grade you could progress on to the Level 2 Diploma and then a Level 3 Technical Diploma. Or an apprenticeship in plumbing or gas engineering.

Please note this course is training only and to achieve the full trade qualification and become fully qualified, you must have on site experience and assessments.

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