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Level: 1

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a Level 1 course designed to support learners into the Building Services industry.

The course will cover practical and theory elements. Theory will include 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

Students must also pass a formal interview and entry assessment test.

You need GCSE grades of 3 in Maths or English, with a minimum grade of 2 in the other Maths or English subject. You also need to complete an entry assessment and formal interview. You must be signed up for GSCEs, not Functional Skills.

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 measurements in industry.

Theory will support the further development of maths and English skills. 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 course book for revision.

They should also have stationery as required in all lessons.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

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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Paul Prime

Paul Prime

Domestic Gas Course helps grow plumbing business

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."


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