Course Type: Full Time

Level 2 Plumbing Studies

  • Course Code CON0020
  • Start Date 10th September 2018
  • 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, sanitation and central heating. You'll also gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety within the industry and will be able to take part in valuable work experience placements.


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.


Getting the Employment Edge

If you’re looking to work in construction you need to have a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before going on site. Gateshead College will help you become job ready by paying for all of our construction students and apprentices to complete the CITB Health, safety & environment (HS&E) test. We’ll also help you apply for a Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) Card, which is a requirement for all workers and trainees no matter your job role. On many construction sites you won’t be able to enter unless you have passed the HS&E and/or have a valid CSCS card.


Once you’ve passed the HS&E test you’ll be able to gain work experience with local companies to practice the skills you learn at college in the real world. Gaining this experience is ideal for moving onto an apprenticeship or full-time employment.


Fast-track to an apprenticeship

If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.


An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

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

Qualifications needed

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 9-4 (A* -C), or completed a Level 1 in the same program

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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