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

Level 1
Course Code:
Mid 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 need on subjects like general health and safety, science, properties of water including force, pressure, heat transfer and corrosion, as well as environmental considerations and communication within the building services environment.

Ideal for those setting their sights on a career in plumbing, but do not 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 study programme will be studied through both classroom-based theory sessions and practical-based workshop sessions.

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.
There are three methods of assessment: classwork, practical project work and multiple choice examinations.
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 onto the Level 2 qualification.
If you are able to secure employment in the plumbing industry, starting an apprenticeship could be an option for you.
If you want to explore what else the construction industry has to offer, progression to another programme within the architecture and construction field will be available to you.
Plumbing is now taught in our new Future Technologies Centre.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A: Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbooks, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q: Are there any costs for this course?
A: 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 & Guidance Centre on 01884 235330.

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