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Plumbing Technical Certificate Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop your practical skills and knowledge of installing and maintaining modern domestic plumbing systems for work in the plumbing industry. You will train in our workshops through practical taks simulated to match real life scenarios. You will learn the electrical and scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing as well as common plumbing, processes, hot water, drainage and central heating systems and sanitation.


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 5/​C or above, or progression from a Level 1 Plumbing qualification having demonstrated good academic potential.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will undertake formative assessments via exams and assignments. The final graded assessments consists of an on-line exam and practical assignment.

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 Technical Certificate Level 3. Alternatively, you can progress to the Construction and the Built Environment Extended Diploma Level 3 with a view to progressing to university or to a managerial apprenticeship. To be recognised as a qualified plumber requires that you complete an additional plumbing NVQ which can only be obtained whilst working within the plumbing industry.

Course Content

You will cover many topics including:

  • Health and safety in building services engineering
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems




The brand new facilities at NCS replicate real conditions so I have the best start for a career in plumbing and heating engineering!

Owen Coon



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