This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for the plumbing trade. Featuring in-depth theory and specialist practical learning, it is designed for learners who are independent, committed and wish to advance in the industry.
While the course is for those who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector, it should be noted that it does not make them fully qualified plumbers or plumbing and heating engineers.
As well as practical know-how, learners develop their skills in maths and English, which will support their main programme of study, help their future progression and enhance their life skills.
All learners will undertake an interview and a pre-assessment test in order to gain entry to this course. You will also need to hold a Level 2 qualification in Plumbing and GCSE English and Maths at grade C (4) or above.
The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the plumbing sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as:
Assessment for theory exams is via online multi choice papers.
Practical tasks are completed in the centre and assessed via a portfolio of tasks.
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.
You could progress towards employment as a plumber and complete an NVQ.
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