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Plumbing

City and Guilds Plumbing

Plumbing Level 1

This level is a taster course suitable for beginners.  By the end of the course you will have a good idea of whether or not you have what it takes to become a professional plumber.  You will be learning basic skills and knowledge and will be supervised as you undertake various practical and knowledge-based acitivities.

You will study installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems, above ground drainage, pipework (copper, plastic, low carbon steel), plumbing science, electrical science and technology, the structure of the construction industry, health and safety, envionmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings and site preparation in the construction industry.

Plumbing Level 2

Students who pass Level 1 can to on to a Level 2 course, either here at school or in college, or as part of a plumbing apprenticeship.  The Level 2 course futher develops skills gained during Level 1 requiring the completion of practical tasks of increased difficulty and deepening knowledge of the role of the plumber.

 

Where can it take you?

Students who successfully follow the Level 2 route in school or college must take further on-the-job tests working for an employer before they can be recognised as plumbers.

Course assessment

Level 1.

Practical workshop tasks are assessed by the course tutor whose decisions are reviewed by an internal verifier.

Knowledge of theory is assessed through ten written examinations taken at intervals during the course of the year.

Level 2.

Practical workshop tasks are assessed by the course tutor whose decisions are reviewed by an internal verifier.

Knowledge of theory is assessed through ten online multiple-choice examinations taken at intervals during the course of the year.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You should have completed your GCSE courses and taken the examinations. You must be 16 years of age. You will continue to study English and Maths if you have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 or better in those subjects. It is strongly recommended that students are confident of their ability to measure accurately in millimetres and to perform addition and subtraction calculations of four-figure numbers.

 

Student view:

Plumbing has given me a wide range of practical skills and the opportunity to choose a career in plumbing. 

Teacher's Tip:

If you choose Plumbing you must be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Plumbing theory is an essential part of the course, there will be exams for each of the course modules and you will need to revise for them.

As a plumbing student you will also learn basic carpentry and electrical skills that are essential to the course.