Plumbing Level 1 Programme

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This course is suited to school leavers who are interested in a career in heating and plumbing.

It introduces the skills and knowledge required in the trade, whilst giving you the opportunity to gain confidence and improve your English and maths. You will learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing and heating systems through a combination of practical experience and theory. Success in the first part of the course leads to an OCNW Certificate in plumbing. You can then progress through to an EDI Level 1 Award in Plumbing.

What I'll learn

You will learn about the systems and components for hot water, cold water heating and above ground drainage. Classroom sessions will cover the theories behind the installation of these systems and their components.

You will learn about:

  • system layout
  • boiler types
  • pipe work
  • valves and materials
  • the skills to install and maintain the systems and components,
  • pipework skills such as soldering,
  • cutting,
  • jointing
  • forming,
  • measuring,
  • marking out,
  • supporting
  • repairing.

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).

As part of the course you will develop your English, maths and ICT skills alongside your main subject. These functional skills will help with your coursework and contribute to your employability.


How I'll learn

You will attend college two days a week. 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.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you