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Plumbing Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Gain the basic underpinning knowledge and grounding for a future within the plumbing trade. Take your first steps towards being a qualified plumbing gaining practical and transferable skills in our new plumbing workshops. You will study topics such as above ground drainage, copper, plastic and low carbon steel pipework and plumbing science.

This course is approximately 50% theory and 50% practical.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be required to undertake 1 week work experience on a construction site, in a workshop or in a construction related field. You will also be expected to take part in community projects.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grades 3/​D or above including English and maths, or a construction related Entry Level course.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through written paper based assessments which will take place at the end of each theory unit. Ongoing practical assessments will be completed through a series of tasks to specification which will increase in complexity through the year.

Additional Information

You will require a uniform consisting of steel toe capped boots and overalls which can be purchased from our website. During your interview you will also sit an online suitability assessment. The result of this, plus your previous academic achievements and maturity will determine the level of course you are offered.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the Plumbing Diploma Level 2, or to job roles such as a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprentice.

Course Content

You will cover many topics including: 

  • Structure of the Construction Industry
  • Fundamental Safe Working Practices
  • Environmental and Sustainability Measures in Domestic Dwellings
  • Site Preparation for Working in the Construction Industry
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Copper Pipework
  • ;Plastic Pressure Pipework
  • Low Carbon Steel Pipework
  • Installation, Repair and Maintenance of Plumbing Systems
  • Plumbing Science


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The fantastic tutors and industry standard facilities have given me the skills I need to progress to the plumbing Industry and undertake further gas fitting qualifications.

James Benson



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