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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This one-year introductory course is for people thinking of a career in building services, specialising in plumbing.  

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 and pass an interview and aptitude test.  You will also require GCSEs at grade 4 in either Maths or English, with a grade 3 in the other subject.

Course Content

This qualification covers a range of basic tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in plumbing. Practical skills include jointing and bending of various materials.

Theory elements include health and safety, scientific principles, plumbing processes, cold water, hot water, central heating, environmental awareness, and communication.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on the practical skills and knowledge you gain by completing various practical tasks and written assessments.  Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will be required to purchase three polo shirts, a pair of boots and trouser overalls. They are also advised to purchase a course book for revision. It is recommended that learners purchase some tools to assist them in completing the practical elements of the course.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows learners to progress to the following City & Guilds qualifications:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Ryan Pearch

Ryan Pearch

Former apprentice plumber Ryan aims to give a start to “people like me”

Self-employed plumber Ryan Pearch is hoping to kick-start the careers of Derby College apprentices just like himself a decade ago. College Peak Award winner Ryan took Level 2 Plumbing as a full-time course and Level 3 part-time as an apprentice.    
 
But his job did not offer training in gas work, which meant he found himself dropping behind his fulltime Level 3 counterparts. It was through a combination of Ryan’s personal commitment and the support of his lecturers – “brilliant, every one of them’’ – that he passed all of his modules.    
 
He is now hoping to expand his business Pearch Plumbing & Heating to “employ people like me."    
 
Ryan has been self-employed for a year after gaining further qualifications and experience in the industry. He said: “We’re really, really, busy. I do boilers, floor heating, bathrooms, kitchens…everything to do with plumbing in the house.  
 
The plan is to get bigger and to take people on – and hopefully employ people like me, who are looking for a job as an apprenticeship.”

Level 3 is all about gas and that meant the other students were doing it day in and day out but I wasn’t because my job didn’t operate in that area.


I asked for extra work to do at home and the college was helpful with that. Phil Stone was the lecturer and he was really good. In fact, the lecturers were brilliant, every one of them. 


The courses were excellent for me and it was nice to receive the recognition of a Derby College Peak Award.”

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