Often called upon in an emergency, if you can fix a leaking pipe, mend a broken toilet, or repair a central heating system, you will be hailed a hero. An experienced plumber should have the ability to work in a variety of different environments and during your time with us we will teach you the practical, hands-on skills and industry legislation to enable you to do this, either as an employee or running your own business.
We offer both full-time study and apprenticeship options for you to train to be a professional plumber. If choosing the fulltime route you must complete the Level 2 and 3 qualifications, which will take two years. We also offer a Level 1 introductory year if you do not have the required grades to start at Level 2.
This Level 2 one-year course will ensure you are fully knowledgeable in all plumbing and heating systems.
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You want to work as a plumbers mate and are looking to build the intermediate skills and experience that you need to go further.
Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English and maths) or successful completion of the Level 1 course.
Through a broad study programme of practical workshop activities in our home simulators, learning about repair and installation in realistic working environments. You’ll also start to understand the technical and legislative demands of this trade through classroom-based theory sessions with our team of friendly expert tutors. Topics covered will include: health and safety, electrical principles and processes, cold water systems, domestic hot water systems, sanitation and drainage and functions of central heating systems.
To undertake a range of practical activities and gain a broad experience of the industry.
Experiencing real world training environments in our workshops.
The full-time Level 3 diploma or an advanced apprenticeship.
Careers in this industry
- Plumbing engineer
- Plumbing and heating engineer
- Plumbing and drainage engineer
- Plumbing sales
Alice Collard Self-employed PlumberAlice always enjoyed practical study and when she finished school she went straight to college to study plumbing because she wanted to learn a good trade. In her second year she got a job with a plumber in Falmouth and this took her through her third and fourth years of college, where she gained multiple qualifications. After leaving college Alice was determined to give plumbing a go on her own and set-up her own plumbing and heating business.
“My job can involve anything from fixing a leaking tap to a full bathroom refurbishment and I enjoy the variety, you never know what you’ll get from day to day and it’s always a challenge.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.