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Level 1 Plumbing at Leeds City College

Course description

This programme is ideal for school leavers who want to became skilled in building services engineering. This course develops your knowledge and skills in college rather than in a working environment.

You will learn by a series of practical exercises in a well-equipped workshop, backed up by relevant classroom theory. This includes an introduction to aspects of basic plumbing, heating, wiring, refrigeration and air conditioning.

You will also undertake qualifications in Personal and Social Development and Functional Skills.

Course content

You will cover the following

  • Unit 101 Health + Safety (3 credits) (Mandatory)

  • Unit 128 Bending and Joining copper pipes (3 credits)

  • Unit 129 Connecting piped and fittings, appliances (3 credits)

  • Unit 130 Construction (3 credits)

This course will introduce you to the world of building services engineering which expects its operatives to demonstrate a multi-discipline approach.
The hand skills and technical knowledge that you will be learning will be a mix of mechanical and electrical.
These skills will be applied over a range of systems that will allow demonstration of your understanding in a multi-discipline environment.

Entry requirements

All students on Foundation Learning programmes will be required to take qualifications in Personal and Social Development, Employability Skills, a vocational qualification and Maths and English.

Each student will be invited to an interview where a personalised learning programme can be discussed and agreed.

In all cases offers will be subject to interview/transition gateway and a positive reference from school/tutor

If you are under 19 and you do not already have English & Maths GCSE grades 4-9 or equivalent you will be required to undertake GCSE or Functional Skills alongside your main qualification.


Your progress is assessed throughout the year. You will develop a variety of skills which will be tested by practical demonstration of your competence throughout the course.

You will also be required to sit a multiple choice exam carried out on-line to test your knowledge.

Future opportunities

You can progress to a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing at Leeds City College. You could also progress onto an apprenticeship, if you have suitable employment.

As a plumber you would install, service and repair plumbing systems in homes and businesses.

Depending on whether you work in domestic, industrial or commercial premises, your duties could include:

  • Installing and repairing water supplies heating systems and drainage.
  • Servicing gas and oil-fired central heating systems, boilers and radiators.
  • Installing and fixing domestic appliances like showers and washing machines.
  • Servicing air-conditioning and ventilation units.

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: 10 April 2018
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