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Plumbing Level 1 Diploma at Platinum Training

Course description

The Plumbing Level 1 Diploma is ideal for students who want to gain knowledge and experience in the trades. It gives a basic overview of all aspects involved in what is needed to become a Plumber, allowing students to gain basic fundamental skills in the trade.

Training takes place over 8 hours per week working towards the Plumbing Diploma and 4 hours a week working on Employability and Functional Skills.

The vocational course consists of 50% practically and 50% theoretically.

Students will also complete a Work Placement as part of the course, allowing them to experience first hand what life is like working in the industry.

Course content

The Plumbing and Electrical Installation Level 1 Diploma includes training in:

  • Health and Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Plumbing Science
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Plastic and Copper Pipework
  • Welding
  • Insallation, Repair and Maintenance of Pipework

Students also complete Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT at varying levels depending on previous qualification and ability level. Students can be expected to be challenged to achieve as high a qualification as they can.

The course also includes work preparation skills and a work experience placement to experience a work environment.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements on the course, just a good positive attitude and willingness to learn.


Assessment on Vocational Qualifications is carried out by practical assessment, portfolio and formal examinations throughout the course.

Assessment on Functional Skills qualifications is carried out via formal examination with learners pushed to achieve as high a level as they can to help with their progression onto further study or apprenticeships.

Financial information

Weekly travel payments are paid into student's bank accounts on a weekly basis to cover the cost of a weekly bus pass.

Further finiancial help and support is available and will be discussed on an individual basis dependant on individual student needs.

All students are also provided with their own boots and overalls (PPE) once they join the course.

Future opportunities

After completing a Level 1 Diploma, students have a number of possible progression routes to continue on their journey to becoming fully qualified:

  • Further college study

Students can apply to complete a Level 2 at college and then move on to a Level 3 to become fully qualified in Plumbing.

  • Apprenticeship

If you have an employer that is willing to take you on as an apprentice, then we can deliver the training for you. Platinum also offer their own Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3. This allows students to continue to learn in a classroom environment once a week and learn through on the job training in a workplace whilst picking up a weekly wage.

Further information

Students can apply through UCAS Progress or directly to Platinum on 0121 245 7200.

Initial, informal interviews will take place with the opportunity to visit the centres and look around the facilities to get a feel of the course and of Platinum as a whole.

Open days will also run throughout the year. For more information please contact us.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Academic year
  • Course code: SPP

Contact details


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    • The Wilson Road Training Centre houses both the Functional and Employability Skills Department and the Construction Skills Department.

      The site includes a new Electrical Installation Workshop and a new Plumbing Workshop, ideal for students keen to begin the journey into a construction trade.

      Plumbing workshop:

      • Mock Bathroom
      • Mock Kitchen
      • Soldering equipment
      • Fulll range of tools

      Electrical Installation Workshop:

      • Working Consumer Units
      • Circuit Breakers
      • Full Electrical Circuits

      The site is a short walk from the 51 or the 33 bus stop located on Birchfield Road.