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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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. 

The qualification covers many areas within plumbing and domestic heating, such as hot and cold water supplies, sanitation and understanding health and safety within building services engineering.

As well as plumbing know-how, learners will develop their skills in maths and English, which will support their main programme of study, help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

You will undertake an interview and aptitude test.  You also need evidence of Level 2 qualifications such as GCSE grades at A-C Higher or a BTEC Level 2 in Construction.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Health and Safety
  • Electrical Principles
  • Common Plumbing Processes
  • Scientific Principles
  • Cold Water Systems
  • Domestic Hot Water Systems
  • Sanitation Systems
  • Central Heating Systems (pipework only)
  • Drainage Systems
  • Understand how to communicate with others in Building Services
  • Functional Maths and English

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will be assessed via on-demand multiple choice tests - available through the City & Guilds e-assessment platform, e-volve - and via practical assignments.

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You should provide Personal Protective Equipment.  You may be entitled to financial support, depending on your circumstances.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress to a Level 3 programme or the National Diploma in Construction or Civil Engineering.  If pursuing further studies, you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.

 

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Shaun Simms

Shaun Simms

Plumbing tutor Shaun passes on skills thanks to Derby College Cert ED

Plumbing tutor Shaun Simms is relishing the chance to pass on his skills to young plumbers after successfully completing a Cert Ed at Derby College.
Shaun, who retrained as a plumber 10 years ago after a career in IT, realised he might make a good teacher while showing a friend on an electrical course the plumbing aspects of the job.
He was told about the Cert Ed course at the Roundhouse, and after sailing through the Level 3 Award in Education, went on to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before progressing to the full Certificate in Education. Shaun, who is described by his Derby College lecturers as an "outstanding teacher" is now working at another Further Education College in the region where he teaches level 1 and 2 plumbing students. He loves his teaching role and particularly enjoys seeing the young people on his courses develop their skills and grow in confidence.

I was so impressed with the quality of teaching throughout my time at Derby College. I enjoyed everything about my course and actively looked forward to my assessments.


My lecturers made to feel so welcome – they've been such an inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the teacher I am now without them."

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