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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for the plumbing trade.  Featuring in-depth theory and specialist practical learning, it is designed for learners who are independent, committed and wish to advance in the industry. 

The qualification covers many areas within plumbing and domestic heating, such as hot and cold water supplies, sanitation and understanding health and safety within building services engineering.

As well as plumbing know-how, learners will develop their skills in maths and English, which will support their main programme of study, help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You will undertake an interview and aptitude test.  You also need evidence of Level 2 qualifications such as GCSE grades at A-C or a BTEC Level 2 in Construction.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Electrical Principles
  • Common Plumbing Processes
  • Scientific Principles
  • Cold Water Systems
  • Domestic Hot Water Systems
  • Sanitation Systems
  • Central Heating Systems (pipework only)
  • Drainage Systems
  • Understanding how to communicate with others in Building Services
  • Functional Maths and English

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will be assessed via on-demand multiple choice tests - available through the City & Guilds e-assessment platform, e-volve - and via practical assignments.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You should provide Personal Protective Equipment.  You may be entitled to financial support, depending on your circumstances.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Level 3 programme or the National Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering. 

Should you gain employment in this sector, you could also transfer to an apprenticeship and complete the vocational element to become fully qualified. 

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Regional finalist Tom progresses to level 3 plumbing apprenticeship

Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice.In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.

He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained

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