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Plumbing Level 2 at Wiltshire College

Course description

A new criterion was introduced for the Plumbing Industry stating that all applicants who would like to follow this career must be employed within the trade.

The Technical Certificate was therefore introduced to provide specific underpinning knowledge for individuals who have no work experience or placement at present. The course is designed to enhance the chances of gaining employment as a trainee Plumber.

The course will run for one-year and is purely college-based. There are a number of practical and theoretical phase tests that must be successfully completed throughout the training period.

You will gain workshop experience in a number of areas relevant to domestic plumbing installations, such as pipe bending and soldering, cutting and threading, hot and cold water supplies and sanitaryware installations.

All students enrolled should be actively seeking employment within the trade, which could enable them to return to enrol on the full NVQ programme and a day release basis.

The course is aimed primarily at school leavers but we are also happy to talk to people who wish to change their career completely.

Course content

Technical certificate 6035 comprises of 1 units all of which must be passed to achieve the final award. These include:

  • Health and Safety in building services engineering 
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering 
  • Common plumbing process 
  • Cold water systems 
  • Domestic hot water systems 
  • Sanitation systems 
  • Central heating systems 
  • Drainage systems 
  • Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering 
  • Environmental awareness 
  • Effective working relationships 
  • Basic Plumbing studies-practical tasks

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or above, including English and Maths, or equivalent (or successful completion of Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing studies) Candidates will need to pass the British Plumbing Employers Council aptitude test, provide a good reference and conduct a satisfactory interview.


You will be assessed in both theory and practical work. Assessment will continue throughout the course and you will be provided with a guide to let you know when this will take place.

We expect all students to do a degree of home study and we will also expect you to do homework. This will be trade focused and go towards your theory studies in college.

The final qualification will be City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies. 

Students will undertake Functional Skills in Maths and English at an appropriate Level. Functional Skills components are essential in gaining entry into employment.

Future opportunities

This Level 2 Plumbing Technical Certificate could lead you on to the Level 3 Technical Certificate. Once employment within the trade has been gained you can enrol onto the NVQ programmes. Upon completion of the relevant NVQ this will give you the necessary qualification to apply to start the Gas Safe/BPEC registration process and work on domestic gas installations.

The Plumbing Industry offers many opportunities for employment, either by being directly employed or through apprenticeship schemes. Many of our students have gone into the areas of design and specification and some are now running their own businesses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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