Construction and the Built Environment

Summary of course

This qualification is for students wanting to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in plumbing. The qualification covers a range of basic tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in plumbing.
You will study a range of practical techniques required for the industry, together with plumbing principles and technology.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • 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 3 pipework
  • Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
  • Plumbing science

You will also study for qualifications in Functional Skills and Employability and Social Development.

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment by externally set assignments.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you want to develop knowledge and skills in preparation for a career in plumbing and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification.

Progression and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of all elements of their study programme students can be interviewed for the Level 2 Plumbing qualification.

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 including English and maths

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students are expected to come to College every day with a scientific calculator, ruler, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, paper and a folder for the classroom. For the workshop there is a mandatory requirement that students bring and wear protective overalls and protective footwear at all times during workshop activities.

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