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Plumbing and Heating (Beginner) - Level 1


Are you intrigued by the prospect of a hands-on career in plumbing and heating? Our beginner's course is thoughtfully designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary to embark on a pathway towards further study, apprenticeships, or full-time employment.

The plumbing and heating industry encompasses various roles. A heating engineer specialises in managing your home's heating system, including the boiler, thermostat, and hot water cylinder. On the other hand, a plumber focuses on water appliances such as taps, toilets, and sinks. As you progress in your career, there are opportunities for advancement into senior positions like site supervisor or construction manager.

Throughout the course, we will offer a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical sessions to ensure a well-rounded understanding of plumbing and heating. You'll have the chance to engage in extensive enrichment activities, including industry and community-based projects, as well as exciting trips and visits.

Our strong connections with local businesses enable us to provide valuable work-based projects that offer firsthand experience of industry expectations. Through our partnerships with esteemed industry employers like Persimmon Homes, Wilmott Dixon, Mansfield District Council, and Bolsover Council, you'll have access to thrilling work-related opportunities. These collaborations ensure that you develop the skills and expertise sought after by employers in the plumbing and heating industry.

Located within our dedicated Plumbing and Heating Academy, housed in our state-of-the-art Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, you'll benefit from exceptional facilities that rank among the best in the sector. With practical areas and classrooms in close proximity, you'll have the ideal environment to refine the specialist skills and techniques required for your chosen trade, preparing you for prospective employment.

Join us on this exciting journey into the world of plumbing and heating, and embark on a pathway to a successful career in the construction industry.

Start dates and fees

  • Uniform and PPE must be purchased in advance.
  • Payment for CSCS card.
Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20242182A1185FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

During the course, you will develop a range of skills;

  • Health and Safety
  • Communication with others
  • Domestic pipework used in plumbing
  • Hot and cold water systems

You will be expected to study Functional Skills English and maths throughout your programme of study.

You will predominantly study via practical sessions although theory sessions will also be included. You will have the opportunity to participate in extensive enrichment activities, such as industry and community-based projects, as well as trips and visits.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3, including English and maths
  • Or successful completion of the Introduction to Construction (Foundation) - Entry Level 3 course

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

One year.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical assignments
  • Theory based project work.

What can I progress onto?

Progression opportunities will include our Level 2 Apprenticeship Transition Programme in Electrical Installation, Plumbing and Heating or Air Conditioning and Refridgeration (ACR), our Level 2 T-LevelTransition Programme or a Level 3 Apprenticeship in your chosen trade.

Career opportunities

There isn't currently career information listed for this course.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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