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Plumbing Studies Level 2 at Gateshead College

Course description

This programme will give you an industry-recognised qualification and the technical knowledge and skills required to undertake basic domestic plumbing work, including cold and hot water systems and sanitation and central heating. You'll also gain an understanding of the importance of health and safety within the industry and will be able to take part in valuable work experience placements.  

Level 2 Plumbing Studies is designed for those people wishing to enter into the plumbing industry but have no previous experience. This is a qualification that tests both practical and knowledge based skills in a realistic working environment and when you have successfully completed this qualification you will be at Improver/Plumber's Mate level.

In order to fully qualify as a plumber you will need to fully meet the performance criteria as laid down in the National Occupational Standards put together by Summit Skills, the Sector Skills Council.

Course content

On this course you will study the following units through a mixture of practical workshop sessions alongside classroom based activities:

  • Health and safety in building services engineering 
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering 
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing 
  • Common plumbing processes 
  • Cold water systems 
  • Domestic hot water systems 
  • Sanitation 
  • Central heating systems 
  • Drainage systems
  • Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering

Entry requirements

  • 2 GCSEs grade C or above in English and maths.
  • We welcome all applicants without any prior experience or knowledge in this area.
  • You will need motivation to achieve and have a passion to gain skills enabling you to progress this as a career in the future.


Assessment will be through a series of practical tasks, online tests and the production of a portfolio of evidence

Future opportunities

Fast-track to an apprenticeship

If you can’t find the right apprenticeship vacancy or you want to do some studying first - no problem. You can start on a vocational study programme then once you’re ready and a vacancy becomes available, we’ll help you transfer on to an apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.