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Plumbing Studies - Level 1 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level 1
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

If becoming a plumber is your dream, this study programme could be the perfect start. The qualification will not only develop your practical plumbing skills; you'll also gain the knowledge you'll need on subjects like properties of water including force, pressure, heat transfer and corrosion, as well as environmental considerations, communication and general health and safety.

Ideal for those setting their sights on a career in plumbing but don't yet have an apprenticeship.


The practical parts of this programme will see you learning to work with a range of plumbing materials such as copper, plastic and low carbon steel. You will also learn about the challenges of system maintenance and fault-finding. All aspects of the course will be studied through both classroom-based theory sessions and practical-based workshop sessions.

Modules studied in the programme include:

- Structure of the construction industry
- Fundamental safe working practices
- Above ground drainage
- Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings
- Plumbing science
- Site preparation for working in the construction industry
- Plastic pressure pipework
- Low carbon steel pipework
- Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
- Copper pipework

Your study programme will include tutorial sessions and work experience. You will also study Maths and English if a GCSE at grade 5/4 or above has not previously been achieved in these subjects.
You will undergo progressive assessment on the completion of the practical and theoretical elements at the end of each unit. There is an end of unit exam for all theoretical units.
All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English.
Entrants who do not have a GCSE grade 3 in Maths and/or English will continue studying these subjects.
At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next course.
If you successfully complete the Level 1 programme, you will have the opportunity to progress on to the Level 2 qualification. If you are able to secure employment in the plumbing industry, an apprenticeship could be an option for you. If you want to explore what else the construction industry has to offer, progression to another course within the architecture and construction field will be available to you. A career in plumbing could be in the domestic, industrial or commercial sectors.
Practical lessons will be delivered in our specialist plumbing workshop.
Learners will need to bring:
- 2 A4 lever arch folders
- Lined paper
- 2 A4 sets of dividers (10s)
- Black and blue pens
- Permanent Marker (e.g. sharpie)
- Fine point black or blue pen
- Pencils - essential for all workshop sessions
- Eraser
- Sharpener
- Ruler
- Calculator (non scientific)
- Memory stick
- Overalls or work trousers*
- Steel toe cap boots
- Tape measure 3m
- £10 to credit your printing account
- Text book: The City & Guilds Textbook, Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies 6035. ISBN 978-0-85193-271-2

*Please note: work trousers are more common in industry, please be aware that clothing may come into contact with materials that can stain permanently. Work trousers can be purchased from most suppliers; the PTS Barnstaple Branch often offer a special deal to Petroc students.
Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student.
Students are required to provide their own stationery and textbooks; a full equipment list will be provided at interview.
Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms.
There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost.
If you are a 19+ learner there may be course fees, unless you are eligible for a remission. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the Advice and Guidance Centre on 01271 852422.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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