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Plumbing Level 1 Diploma at Havering College of Further and Higher Education

Course description

This qualification is foryou if you want to learn the basic skills and knowledge involved in the plumbing industry.

Course content

It gives you the opportunity to pick up some core skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to progress onto our Level 2 Plumbing qualifications.

Key areas of study are:

• Health and Safety in building service engineering • Electrical principles and processes for building service engineering • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing • Common plumbing operations • Basic plumbing operations

Entry requirements

GCSE English language or mathematics at Grade C, plus GCSE English language or mathematics at Grade D.

You will also undertake an interview and Skillsbuilder assessment.


Your course will be assessed by observation of your workshop practical activities by an assessor and also job knowledge will be assessed by you completing a written portfolio, demonstrating knowledge of the following:

• Plumbing systems • Drainage systems • Practical hand-skills • Health and Safety

Compulsory units include:

• Unit 101 Structure of the construction industry • Unit 102 Fundamental safe working practices • Unit 103 Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings • Unit 104 Site preparation for working in the construction industry • Unit 108 Above ground drainage • Unit 109 Copper pipework • Unit 110 Plastic pressure pipework • Unit 111 Low carbon steel pipework • Unit 112 Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems • Unit 113 Plumbing science.

Future opportunities

This course allows you to progress to the following City & Guilds qualifications:

• Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies (6035-02) • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating (6189-11) • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Installing and Maintaining • Domestic Heating Systems (6189-21)

You may wish to begin work in the plumbing industry as a first year Apprentice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering College of Further and Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016

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      - The Jubilee Restaurant & professional training kitchens

      - Engineering workshops

      - The Plumbing Skills workshop

      - Public Services and Sports

      - Health & Social Care specialist care suites

      - Early Years and Childcare

      - Foundation Skills Centre

      Quarles is a 20 minute bus ride from the centre of Romford and a short distance from the local shopping centre. Harold Hill features many open spaces including the expansive Central Park and is home to The Central Park Leisure Centre.