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Levels 1, 2, and 3 - Plumbing Craft Study Programme at Wakefield College

Course description

Plumbers install and maintain numerous types of piping systems found in residential and commercial properties, power plants, water treatment facilities, waste disposal plants, and factories. A plumber can expect to work both inside and outside a building.

Plumbers are responsible for installing and maintaining various types of piping systems and fixtures found in buildings. As a plumber you will install and maintain the pipework for heating systems, install/renew boilers, radiators and the piping system; you will install/maintain the pipework for sanitary systems, baths, showers, wash basin and toilets.

An average salary for a qualified plumber is £29, 200. A large number of qualified plumbers become self-employed, working at day rates £150 to £200. A self-employed plumber can expect an average salary above £35,000 per year.

As a newly qualified plumber, you can expect to earn £18,000.

This is an ideal course for those who are looking to learn on a full-time basis and have identified that they want to enter the construction/maintenance sector and have a career as a plumber.

Plumbing Craft study programmes start with a level 1 certificate /level 1 diploma or level 2 diploma. Learners progress to level 2 and level 3 study either as a full time learner or as an apprentice.

Course content

What you will study

All study programmes cover health, safety relevant to the plumbing and heating trade. They also aim to develop practical skills for this craft. With this you will study:

• Plumbing Science
• Environmental impact of plumbing installations
• How to work safely in a construction environment
• How to carry out cold water installations
• How to carry out hot water installations
• How to carry out drainage installations

How you will learn

On a Plumbing study programme, you will learn through classroom teaching and activity incorporating IT access. The college has designated plumbing craft workshops and through practical activity, you will develop your installation skills.

This learning is supplemented with engagement with industry specialists. The extent of this depends on the level of the study programme and varies from guest speakers and site visits to carrying out practical activity in a live environment supervised and assessed in this environment.

Entry requirements

All learners will be required to complete a BKSB assessment.

Entry at level 1 requires learners to have achieved a minimum of four GCSE grades (9 to 3) to include both maths and English.

Entry at level 2 requires learners to have achieved a minimum of four GCSE grades (9 to 4) to include both Maths and English. A science subject is desirable.

Entry at level 3 requires learners to have achieved four GCSE grades (9 to 4) to include both Maths and English. A science subject is desirable and to hold a L2 Diploma in Electrical Installation.

Assessment

All study programme assessment is continuous throughout the academic year. Theory subjects are assessed through examination. Examinations are typically in April of the academic year.

Practical assessment is continuous throughout the year with a synoptic assessment in the summer term.

At level 2 and level 3 a work place engagement activity is compulsory.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students. For bricklaying study programmes these include, safety boots, (approximately £20) replacement protective equipment,(first issue is supplied by the college);the recommended text book (approximately £20).

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304

Future opportunities

Further study

On completion, you can progress as a full-time learner to the Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Plumbing Craft. Alternatively, if you have gained employment in the sector you may return as an apprentice on a day release basis to achieve a Level 2 /Level 3 NVQ and Diploma.

On completion of the level 3 Diploma, you can progress to an Access to HE course for Construction.

Career Opportunities

An average salary for a qualified plumber is £29, 200. A large number of qualified plumbers become self-employed, working at day rates £150 to £200. A self-employed plumber can expect an average salary above £35,000 per year.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111



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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 February 2018
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)


      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.


      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.