Course Title City & Guilds Diploma in Plumbing Level 1
Level: 1
Code Y680

Overview of the Course

The Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing is designed to prepare you for entry into the construction industry as a trainee plumber. You will learn about the techniques used in all aspects of basic plumbing in an appropriate training environment. This course is designed to give you a taster of the skills associated with the electrical, heating and ventilation and plumbing industries. The course will also provide an introduction to above ground drainage, copper pipework and plastic pipework pressure. Approximately 60% of the course is practical based in workshops and 40% is theory. You may also have an opportunity to develop skills in a different trade such as joinery or brickwork. You will also carry out a work placement as part of your studies as well as having opportunities to be involved in external local community projects.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Plumber
  • Heating Engineer
  • Gas Engineer
  • Drainage Specialist

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades A* - D (9-3) including maths, English and Science.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed through a series of practical and written assignments, which are set by City & Guilds and marked by your tutor. You must pass all practical and theoretical elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification. Theoretical and practical units include: • Common plumbing principles • Environmental awareness • Hot and cold water • Sanitation • Working relations • Health and safety

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important; you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply rations and formulae to standard units of weight, length, time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Plumbing students have previously secured high quality placements at:

  • National Building Corporations
  • Housing Associations
  • Local building firms
  • Local schools
  • Heritage Centres

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and career events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You are required to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that you must wear in all practical sessions; this will include a hi-visibility vest, a pair of gloves and safety goggles, all available to purchase from college at enrolment. In addition, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe capped boots.


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