The course will enable you to develop practical skills and gain underpinning job knowledge to an industry-standard; there are mandatory plumbing subjects that focus on how plumbers undertake and complete work. Associated works such as installation, maintenance and servicing of domestic plumbing and heating systems will be learnt using classrooms and workshops to develop a rounded college learning experience.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
What You'll Learn
This level 2 plumbing certificate qualification enables you to develop practical skills combined with classroom learning. Units included are pipework systems understanding and installation, cold water systems, domestic hot water systems, central heating pipework, sanitation, and building engineering services awareness. You must supply safety footwear and your own protective clothing.
Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths, one of which should be a minimum of grade 4 (C) or above, whilst the other should be a minimum of grade 3 (D) or above, plus a further two GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, one of which must include a science or technical based subject.
Students previously studying with us will need to have attained either a Level 1 Diploma in Electrical, plus English and maths at grade 2 minimum or the equivalent Functional Skills.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.
All students will undertake a probationary period for the first six weeks of their programme. During this time, attendance, attitude, attainment and application towards study will be monitored. A final decision as to the most appropriate level and outcome will be discussed with you towards the end of your probationary period.
How you will be assessed
There will be assessment throughout the programme by your tutors to check learning and underpinning knowledge of the subjects you will be undertaking. Practical assessments will also be tutor designed formative assessments to assess progress throughout the year.
To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following City Guilds assessments:
One externally set, externally moderated assignment (practical assessment)
One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions.
There is also an employer involvement element to this qualification that is required in order to achieve the Technical Certificate.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £2250.00
You will be required to purchase some basic equipment to support your learning and protect you during normal working practice in the workshop. Approximate combined cost for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and tool kit of £85. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. You will be advised what is required during the application process. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £155.00 if applicable. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
You may progress onto a level 3 plumbing course or onto an apprenticeship. Your options will be discussed with you by a learning coach in term 3 of your programme.
After certification, enrolment on to an appropriate level 3 programme is possible if you are employed or have a guaranteed work placement.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.