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Plumbing Studies Level 2 Diploma at Wirral Metropolitan College

Course description

This course covers skills necessary to identify requirements for installing, commissioning, testing and maintaining Mechanical Engineering Services - Plumbing systems.

Course content

Qualification Structure:

  • 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

  • Normally, you would be expected to have completed the Level 1 Certificate Plumbing Studies, before progressing onto this course.
  • You should have a high understanding of maths, English and science.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course.


Practical assessment and module knowledge test. These assessments will concentrate on safety, copper tube, soil and waste, and maintenance and will also include low-carbon steel pipework, airing cupboard installation and commissioning/ decommissioning.

Towards the end of the course there is a 30-hour installation assessment (bathroom installation).

Underpinning knowledge questions will be used during practical assessments to check the candidate's knowledge and understanding. You will be expected to maintain a portfolio of evidence in the form of a Practical Task Manual, which requires some written responses to be inserted.

Future opportunities

It would be expected that you would have the NVQ 2/3 Diploma Plumbing and Heating as your goal.

You may be able to register with the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering on the Register of Plumbers (voluntary).

Further information

Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A*-C in English and maths already
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: R194
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  • Number of planned places: 16