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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.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core Units:

    • 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
    • Understand how to communicate with others within Building Services Engineering

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

    All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

  • Who is this course for?

    This qualification is ideal for you if you want to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in plumbing and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification. The qualification covers a range of basic and advanced tasks and underpinning knowledge involved in plumbing.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be assessed on an ongoing basis through assignments, online tests and practical tasks.

  • 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.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices
    • Sselection, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning

    • Different communication methods, how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    Apply selection, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning, service, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair techniques on:

    • Cold and hot water systems
    • Central heating systems
    • Above ground drainage and rainwater systems.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Being punctual, reliable and professional

    • Quality focussed in work and in personal standards

    • Review your own actions considering the impact on environmental, social and economic factors.
  • General info

    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 candidates bring and wear protective overalls and protective footwear at all times during workshop activities.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    You could progress on to an electrical course at Northampton College to broaden your knowledge and qualifications. You could also apply for the Level 3 in Civil Engineering at Northampton College, look for an apprenticeship vacancy or look for a Level 3 Plumbing course.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Two GCSE passes at Grade 3 or above plus GCSE at grade 4 in both English and Mathematics. Entry is possible via progression from a relevant Level 1 programme which must include GCSE at grade 4 in both English and Mathematics.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.