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Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

If becoming a plumber is your dream, this study programme could be the perfect start. The qualification will not only develop your practical plumbing skills; you'll also gain the knowledge you'll need on subjects like properties of water including force, pressure, heat transfer and corrosion, as well as environmental considerations, communication and general health and safety.

Course content

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 course will be studied through both classroom-based theory sessions and practical-based workshop sessions.

Modules studied in the programme include:
• Structure of the construction industry 
• Fundamental safe working practices 
• Above ground drainage 
• Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings 
• Plumbing science 
• Site preparation for working in the construction industry 
• Plastic pressure pipework 
• Low carbon steel pipework 
• Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems 
• Copper pipework

Your study programme will include tutorial sessions and work experience. You will also study maths and English if a GCSE at grade C or above has not previously been achieved 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.


You will undergo progressive assessment on the completion of the practical and theoretical elements at the end of each unit. There is an end of unit exam for all theoretical units.

Financial information

Q. Is there any equipment needed to participate on this course?
A. Safety clothing including boots and work trousers 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. There may also be trips throughout the year which may incur a cost. Financial support may be available, if you require further information contact the guidance centre on 01271 338125.

Future opportunities

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

Further information

Practical lessons will be delivered in our specialist plumbing workshop.

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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