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“It is good for the soul to create with our hands”, and this is probably why some trade workers, including those working in construction, plumbing and electricity, are some of the happiest in the UK according to a new survey.

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Oliver Butterworth | Level 2 Plumbing

Level 2 Plumbing is an enjoyable course with good tutors. We have been on a trip and college has helped me with work experience. I have a Plumbing apprenticeship lined up for when college ends.

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Course Overview

This course is designed to equip you with the basic skills in plumbing for the mechanical service environment.

You will learn about health and safety, plumbing science, cold and hot water, central heating, sanitation and other subjects related to the industry.

On the Level 3 programme you will study more advanced subjects such as gas installation.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

The course has been designed to contribute to providing evidence of occupational competence for working within the plumbing mechanical service environment.

The main subjects you will take are:

11 theory units with unit assessment and end exam, including:

- Health and Safety
- Plumbing Science
- Cold and hot water
- Central heating
- Sanitation
- Sheet lead

Continual assessment of both theoretical and practical work - assessment is based on candidates showing what they can do.

Practical assessment is a portfolio of assessment projects that need completing. These use a range of materials including copper, steel, sheet lead and plastics.

All exams are online multiple choice questions.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including Maths or English.

Adult students may be accepted without formal qualifications.

All applicants are interviewed and accepted on an individual basis.

After Your Course

This course provides you with the skills to progress your career in the plumbing industry. Most students progress onto the Level 3 full-time course or an apprenticeship.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

For further information please see

Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700