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.
Self-employed plumber Ryan Pearch is hoping to kick-start the careers of Derby College apprentices just like himself a decade ago. College Peak Award winner Ryan took Level 2 Plumbing as a full-time course and Level 3 part-time as an apprentice.
But his job did not offer training in gas work, which meant he found himself dropping behind his fulltime Level 3 counterparts. It was through a combination of Ryan’s personal commitment and the support of his lecturers – “brilliant, every one of them’’ – that he passed all of his modules.
He is now hoping to expand his business Pearch Plumbing & Heating to “employ people like me."
Ryan has been self-employed for a year after gaining further qualifications and experience in the industry. He said: “We’re really, really, busy. I do boilers, floor heating, bathrooms, kitchens…everything to do with plumbing in the house.
The plan is to get bigger and to take people on – and hopefully employ people like me, who are looking for a job as an apprenticeship.”
Level 3 is all about gas and that meant the other students were doing it day in and day out – but I wasn’t because my job didn’t operate in that area.
I asked for extra work to do at home and the college was helpful with that. Phil Stone was the lecturer and he was really good. In fact, the lecturers were brilliant, every one of them.
The courses were excellent for me and it was nice to receive the recognition of a Derby College Peak Award.”