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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 who want to join the Building Services industry.

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



Entry requirements

Applicants must pass a formal interview and entry assessment test.

You need GCSE grades of at least 3 in Maths, with a minimum grade of 2 in  English. 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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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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