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.
You will undertake an aptitude test and interview. You should have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade D or above.
This qualification covers a range of basic tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in plumbing.
You will complete the following core units:
You will be assessed on the practical skills and knowledge you gain by completing various practical tasks and assessments. Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
You need safety boots and overalls.
This course allows learners to progress to the following City & Guilds qualifications:
Plumbing tutor Shaun Simms is relishing the chance to pass on his skills to young plumbers after successfully completing a Cert Ed at Derby College. Shaun, who retrained as a plumber 10 years ago after a career in IT, realised he might make a good teacher while showing a friend on an electrical course the plumbing aspects of the job. He was told about the Cert Ed course at the Roundhouse, and after sailing through the Level 3 Award in Education, went on to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before progressing to the full Certificate in Education. Shaun, who is described by his Derby College lecturers as an "outstanding teacher" is now working at another Further Education College in the region where he teaches level 1 and 2 plumbing students. He loves his teaching role and particularly enjoys seeing the young people on his courses develop their skills and grow in confidence.
I was so impressed with the quality of teaching throughout my time at Derby College. I enjoyed everything about my course and actively looked forward to my assessments.
My lecturers made to feel so welcome – they've been such an inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the teacher I am now without them."