Course Title City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing
Level: 2
Code Y681

Overview of the Course

The course is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in the plumbing sector and require a broad range of skills to progress into the workplace. On the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing there is a combination of practical and theoretical elements covering essentials such as health and safety, electrical and scientific principles. Alongside this course the study programme will include opportunities for you to improve your English and maths. At Level 2 you will further refine your hand skills and gain the ability to complete a variety of detailed plumbing involving both hot and cold water systems. You will also further develop your ability to interpretate information by working out materials required and costings for a variety of systems. The course will also enhance your ability to work to deadlines and increase your speed in the workshop. Excellent organisational and time management skills will be developed through working to strict deadlines to complete practical projects. You may also have an opportunity to develop skills in a different trade such as joinery or plastering. 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?

On successful completion of your course you could progress to Level 3 Plumbing or seek an apprenticeship. Construction offers huge employment potential for learners interested in the sector. It contributes £90bn to the UK economy, 6.7% of the total, with over 2.9 million jobs in over 280,000 businesses. The global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5 trillion today to $12 trillion in 2025. Construction employment is very diverse ranging from single home repairs to working on major infrastructure developments.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades A* - C (9-4) including maths, English and Science or City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing.

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?

Assessment is by practical assessments, theory knowledge checks and a practical end test. This course covers key plumbing principles and processes including: • 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

Work experience is an essential element of your study programme and you will be supported to secure a 5-day work experience placement during term 2. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Construction students have recently had successful work experience placements with the following employers: • Kaberry Building • Carefoot PLC • Six Town Housing • Seddon Construction • Travis Perkins • Cruden Construction

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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