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Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

The qualification will not only develop your practical plumbing skills; you'll also gain the knowledge you'll need on subjects like general health and safety, science, properties of water including force, pressure, heat transfer and corrosion, as well as environmental considerations and communication within the building services environment.

The practical parts of this programme will see you learning to work with a range of plumbing materials such as copper, plastic and low carbon steel. You will also learn about the challenges of system maintenance and fault-finding. All aspects of the study programme will be studied through both classroom based theory sessions and practical based workshop sessions.

As part of your study programme you will also take part in tutorials, work experience and maths and English if you have yet to achieve a grade C in these subjects.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade E/2 or equivalent or above, preferably including Maths and English Language. 

At the end of the one-year programme all learners are expected to have achieved GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language at grade 4, or show that they have been working towards improving their English and Maths by achieving an improvement to their previous grade.


Assessment is by three methods; classwork, practical project work and multiple choice examinations.

Financial information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety clothing including boots and overalls need to be purchased by the student. Students are also required to provide their own stationery and textbooks, a full equipment list will be provided at interview.

Q. Are there any costs for this course?
A. Students are asked to pay a contribution towards materials and learning resources used in workshops and classrooms. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the guidance centre on 01884 235330

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete the Level 1 programme, you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 2 qualification. If you are able to secure employment in the plumbing industry, starting an apprenticeship could be an option for you. If you want to explore what else the construction industry has to offer, progression to another programme within the architecture and construction field will be available to you.

Further information

Plumbing is now taught in our new future technologies building.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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