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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This course allows learners to progress to the following City & Guilds qualifications:
Taking a part-time domestic gas course with Derby College is enabling experienced plumber Paul Prime to grow his business.Paul, who runs Prime Plumbing Services in Ilkeston, took the evening course in order to gain Gas Safe certification – the industry's recognised safety standard for gas central heating engineers. Holding a Gas Safe licence means Paul can now safely and legally undertake all aspects of central heating work alongside plumbing jobs.
Paul's nephew and business partner Liam, already had the certification but having two Gas Safe plumbers on their books has increased the amount of domestic and light commercial work they can take on.Paul was so impressed with the standard of teaching on his course that his firm installed an unvented cylinder at the college which can be used by students for test and inspection purposes.
He is also in regular contact with his former lecturers to talk about latest changes in the plumbing and heating sector.
He said: "The course content and the quality of teaching was excellent – so much so that I've been back to the college since to talk to other people on the course about how it's benefited me and my business."
Prime Plumbing Services – which is a proud member of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme – is now looking to take on more plumbers, and when it does, Paul has every intention of sending them to Derby College to gain any further qualifications.
He added: "Having well trained people is important to us. As qualified plumbers and heating engineers, one of our main aims is to provide customers with a reliable, reputable service they can trust – and keep the rogue traders out."