Plumbing & Heating

Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

This course will allow you to learn, develop and practice the skills required for a career in the plumbing and heating industry.  You will learn about various domestic system installation and maintenance techniques, pipework fabrication processes as well as the scientific principles behind plumbing and heating. 

The course is a combination of practical and theory based work giving you the opportunity to learn in our plumbing and heating workshop. Our tutors have all worked in the plumbing and heating trade, so can pass on to you their industry expertise and knowledge. 

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Basic plumbing applications on plastic waste pipe and rainwater guttering
  • Basic plumbing applications on copper, plastic pressure and low carbon steel pipework
  • Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
  • Scientific principles found within plumbing engineering
  • Structure of the construction industry
  • Health and safety
  • Understand methods of conserving and reducing wastage of water and electricity
  • Preparing to work on a construction site

Year 2

  • Scientific principles in plumbing and heating
  • Pipework fabrication processes and techniques for plumbing and heating systems
  • Domestic hot and cold water, central heating and above ground drainage system installation and maintenance techniques
  • Electrical systems within building services engineering
  • Health and safety
  • Communication skills
  • Heating and ventilation workshop
  • Electrical workshop
  • Welding workshop
  • CAD suite
  • Laboratories
  • Off-site surveying
  • Extensive research facilities

Entry requirements

Direct entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade 9-3/A*-D (including English, maths and science) AND
  • A relevant level 1 qualification
  • Practical qualifications may also be considered as an alternative entry depending on grade achieved

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade 3/D or below (including English and maths) OR
  • Level 1 in English and maths

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering, Heating & Ventilation Installer or Heating & Ventilation Craftsperson
  • Employment in plumbing, heating and ventilation, electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning industries
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities

You will need flame-proof (pro-ban) overalls and safety boots with steel toe caps for workshop tasks plus a ring binder, writing implements & paper for theory.