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Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This course will enable you to enter the Plumbing and Heating industry having gained in-depth skills and knowledge to prepare for an apprenticeship or work.  A continuation of the pre-employment study programme following on from Level 1 Plumbing Studies; enabling the learner to enhance previously learnt knowledge in preparation for an plumbing and heating apprenticeship. The course will enable the learner to explore:

• Common plumbing processes
• Hot and cold water systems
• Central heating systems
• Principles and processes for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
• Technical information, drawings and schedules to install plumbing and heating systems

Health and safety is of paramount importance in all areas of the construction industry, and this will be reinforced throughout the course. Vocational core skills of English and Maths will be embedded in the programme along with specialist delivery to enable learners to reach GCSE grade 4 or equivalent standards to meet industry requirements.

On successfully completing this qualification you will be at an Improver/Plumbers Mate level.  In order to fully qualify as a plumber you will need to complete competence units to fully meet the performance criteria as laid down in the National Occupational Standards.  This is covered in the City and Guilds 6189 Level 2 and 3 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.

Entry requirements

To access this course you will need to have successfully completed  Level 1 Electrical installation and/or Plumbing studies or Skills for Life Level 1 or have equivalent experience.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


Students will need to carry out personal research to enable them to successfully complete the course and guidance on this will be given by the course tutors.
Your skills and knowledge will be continuously assessed throughout the course; additionally each unit will be assessed by end multiple choice examinations and practical tests.
Support will be provided through regular meetings with your course tutor. Specialist support is available to meet specific student needs.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Successful completion of all elements of this study programme will allow you to progress in several different ways, including;

• Gaining employment within the Plumbing industry and undertaking an Apprenticeship scheme to gain further qualifications and experience.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 June 2019
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