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Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is an entry level course designed to support learners into the Building Services industry.

The course will cover practical and theory elements. Theory will cover plumbing and electrical principles and basic systems in dwellings. The practical will introduce students to basic hand skills, jointing and installation methods for cable and pipework.



Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a grade 2 in Maths and English.  Students should also be prepared to attend in time and have a high attendance at College.

Course Content

The course will cover basic jointing of copper, steel and plastic pipework. Electricals will cover wiring basic circuits and fabricating some trunking systems. Students will develop differing methods of jointing electrical and  pipework systems. Skills will also be taught around general hand tools and measurement in industry.

Theory will support the further development of Maths and English. Some basic system design will be undertaken in electrical and plumbing systems. Maths and English will also be taught separately to increase students' grades in these areas.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via paper-based assessment, with either short answer or multichoice questions. Students will be assessed on practical elements via a workbook featuring the criteria for passing the course.

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 book for revision.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

The progression would be to the Level 1 plumbing or electrical course.


This course is the first step towards a career in building services.

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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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