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Plumbing Apprenticeship Intermediate Level at Guildford College

Course description

The plumbing industry is a key part of the UK’s construction industry. It’s a highly competitive field that employs skilled craftspeople and technicians who work with a wide range of materials and technologies.

From installing sanitation systems and servicing boilers to laying underground drainage pipes, plumbers work for the construction industry as well as for commercial and domestic clients.

In recent years, the industry has also been involved with developing environmentally-sound technologies like solar water heating and rain water harvesting. 

Course content

  • safe working practices
  • communicating with others
  • environmental protection measures
  • scientific principles within mechanical engineering services
  • site preparation and pipework fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing and heating systems
  • domestic cold and hot water system installation and maintenance techniques
  • domestic central heating system installation and maintenance techniques
  • install and maintain domestic heating systems.

Entry requirements

You should be working in the industry and interested in developing your skills. Good GCSEs are an advantage.


Continuous assessment throughout the course. You create a portfolio of evidence in the workplace and will undertake a small number of unit exams at College.


Future opportunities

As a plumber, you could find yourself working in many different places – from construction sites to residential homes. Job prospects are good, with plenty of scope for self-employment.

Further information

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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