City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing


Suitable for beginners, this introductory qualification is for those wanting to enter the plumbing industry. It gives you the opportunity to pick up some core skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to progress on to our Level 2 plumbing courses.

You will be learning basic skills, knowledge and will be supervised as you undertake various practical and knowledge-based activities. You will need to gain a total of 44 credits overall from a selection of subjects, typically these may include:
Copper Pipework, Plastic Pipework, Ground Maintenance, Installation Repair and Maintenance of Plumbing Systems.
You will be learning the basics of plumbing in our excellent facilities taught by qualified teachers who have an extensive background in the industry.

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing

One year

Progression routes shown are dependent on successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
• Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing
• Apprenticeship in Plumbing
Employment options may include:
• Apprentice plumber
• Plumber’s mate

Course Costs
Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course.
There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.

Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees

Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course)
Different fees apply depending on your individual circumstances and prior qualifications. Please telephone 01691 688029 to speak to somebody who will be able to help.

What does this subject include?

Units covered include:

  • Induction into the Construction Industry
  • Health & Safety in the Workplace
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Insulation, Repair and Maintenance Pipework & Fittings

What is the structure of the course?

The course is taught over 36 weeks with each subject having approximately 7 weeks each of delivery time. The course will start in September and end in July each academic year. It is taught over 3 days per week allowing two private study days per week. You will need to organise a 2-week work placement in March

Assessment is through written and practical centre marked assessments. Each subject is assessed with a practical task to show you are competent. Each practical task is completed within a set time limit and you will have plenty of opportunity to practice before being entered for any assessment. All students will also have to pass nine paper examinations throughout the year. All fulltime students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Entry on to the course will be by interview.
  • Successful initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment for this subject area

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