Plumbing Foundation Level 1 Programme

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Get started on your way to a career in plumbing and demonstrate skills and knowledge through the completion of modular units delivered through workshop activities and practical assessments.

This course is for students looking to develop their skills within plumbing, with the aim of plumbing as a career in this area of the construction industry. You will learn about the systems and components for hot water, cold water heating and above ground drainage.

What I'll learn

This technical qualification will cover:

  • site preparation
  • safe working practices
  • environmental and sustainability
  • drainage
  • copper, plastic and low carbon steel pipework
  • installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
  • plumbing science

Generic units include health and safety, handling and storing materials, knowledge of building methods in construction (where you learn how buildings are constructed and how the different building service and construction trade areas interrelate knowledge of communication in the building industry).

Students will also complete Functional skills in maths and English as part of the course if GCSE Grades A-C are not held. This will help with your coursework and contribute to your employability.

You will gain a BPEC Diploma in Foundation Level 1 Plumbing upon completion of your studies and be able to progress onto the level 2 plumbing diploma, an apprenticeship, or employment as a plumbers mate.


How I'll learn

Classroom sessions will cover the theories behind the installation of these systems and their components. The course requires you to demonstrate skills and knowledge through the completion of modular units which require underpinning knowledge and understanding being delivered through workshop activities and practical assessment.

Your time here is split roughly equally between classroom based learning and practical work in our industry standard workshops. You will have access to the library and college IT suites which will be needed for completion of your coursework. We place a strong emphasis on learner-led learning where you develop independent learning and working skills as we know that these equip you well for the workplace.

You are set projects and assignments which you are expected to complete independently using the library and other resources. Within the course you will need to carry out research with local employers. Activities throughout the programme are geared to give you the relevant English and maths skills for the trade.


How I'll be assessed

The OCNW is assessed through submission of a portfolio. The Level 1 EDI qualification is assessed through an end of unit exam and practical assessments.


Entry Requirements

A positive attitude and commitment to complete the qualification. Suitability to the course will also be considered during an interview with a member of the plumbing department.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.