Plumbing Studies

Sixth Form

Date (from)


Awarding body


Full Time - September 2018

City & Guilds


Course introduction

Have you ever thought about training as a plumber? It’s a well-paid, responsible trade with plenty of scope for progression.

Perhaps you already have some plumbing experience and now want to acquire recognised qualifications to help you advance your career.

If you fall into either of these categories, then we have the right learning opportunities for you.

Among other things, you will expand your knowledge and skills, helping you think and act more practically as well as use your initiative more frequently.

Why choose Brock for Plumbing Studies?

At Brock we are fortunate to have a dedicated Skills Centre at Marchwood where you can learn the most up-to-date plumbing know-how under the supervision of experienced professionals.

We also offer great flexibility in terms of timetabling to enable you to fit your studies around other commitments.

In addition, you will acquire knowledge about the way the construction industry functions, giving you important insights that will help you find work.

Teaching & learning

As a student you will learn in a specialist plumbing workshop from experienced plumbers who will give practical demonstrations.

Importantly, you must complete a series of defined units to evidence your new skills and knowledge.

These will include assignments and exams.

Course structure

  • Complete induction and basic skills training, which will aid your learning throughout the course.
  • Study theory units to give you the underpinning knowledge you need to succeed.
  • Complete practical assignments for formal assessment throughout the year.
  • Ensure your skills are current thanks to the most up-to-date tuition.
  • Decide on your professional development route for when you leave college.

Minimum entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 3 and above to include:

  • English Language
  • Maths

Information & support

Level 1

Learners should view Level 1 as an introduction to the world of plumbing. On this programme you will look in detail at domestic, industrial and commercial aspects of plumbing.

Level 2

Learners at Level 2 can be apprentices or full time students. Apprentices will be completing their NVQ in plumbing and this qualification then becomes the entry requirements to specialised areas of the plumbing industry like Gas Safe. As a full-time student you will build on the foundation of knowledge gained in Level 1 while increasing your accuracy and pace of work.

Level 3

At this stage full-time learners will be looking into the workings of systems and planning of complex systems. They may also study specialist areas to widen their skills-set.

To help cover the cost of materials, uniform and safety boots, a course fee of £115 is payable each academic year.  For students whose families are on a low income (£21K or less) help is available with this fee through the College Student Bursary Fund.

What can I do with this qualification?

Once you have achieved your qualification you will be a much more suitable candidate for job roles and apprenticeships. You may even feel inclined to become self-employed.

Depending on your programme you may wish to progress onto a higher-level plumbing qualification.

Level 3 graduates may apply for a higher education course in a related subject.

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