Course Type: Full Time

Level 2 Plumbing Studies

  • Course Code CONEAT009A
  • Start Date 9th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Skills Academy - Construction

This programme will give you an industry-recognised qualification and the technical knowledge and skills required to undertake basic domestic plumbing work, including cold and hot water systems and sanitation and central heating. You'll also gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety within the industry. 


Level 2 Plumbing Studies is designed for those people wishing to enter into the plumbing industry but have no previous experience. This is a qualification that tests both practical and knowledge based skills in a realistic working environment and when you have successfully completed this qualification you will be at Improver/Plumber's Mate level.


In order to fully qualify as a plumber you will need to fully meet the performance criteria as laid down in the National Occupational Standards put together by Summit Skills, the Sector Skills Council.


On this course you will study the following units through a mixture of practical workshop sessions alongside classroom based activities:

  • 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.


Assessment will be through a series of practical tasks, online tests and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

The place of study

This 3000 square metre facility is home to all our construction trade courses such as plumbing, electrical installation, Carpentry and joinery, with dedicated areas for each trade as well as a modern café.

The facility will ensure students and construction industry employers can further benefit from the college's experience in delivering specialist training in green and renewable energy technologies.

These include solar photovoltaic, solar heating, rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling, heat pumps, biomass and combined heat and power training - all designed to enable the wider construction industry to gain new skills to remain competitive.

An interview is required, guidance is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced industry tutors. The course will include a mix of classroom, practical and assessment activities to involve the learners and provide a relevant and engaging learning experience.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

Required experience

We welcome all applicants without any prior experience or knowledge in this area. You will need motivation to achieve and have a passion to gain skills enabling you to progress this as a career in the future.

This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced price course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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