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Plumbing | BPEC Foundation Diploma in Plumbing - Level 1

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: East Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Interview required Assessment: Practical and written assessments, portfolio, exam Qualification: BPEC Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing Studies Awarding Body: BPEC

Why this course?

The growing plumbing industry offers financially rewarding careers. This course will provide you with basic knowledge of plumbing practices.

This part-time evening course will provide you with basic knowledge of plumbing both theory and practical.

Our workshops are designed to provide you with learning facilities that simulate the workplace.

On successful completion, you can progress to a Level 2 Diploma or NVQ.

This part-time course is an evening class run on two evenings a week: Tuesday and Thursday.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CM0039-1C 17 Sep 2019 East Brighton Tuesday & Thursday 5.30pm-8.30pm 36 weeks £1,550.00 Apply

Discounts may be available depending on your circumstances, please see our finance information.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you must have GCSE English and Maths grade 9-1 (A*-G).

You will be required to attend an interview with the course tutor.

Entry Requirements

Construction and Trades Centre

At the East Brighton Campus, the new purpose built Construction and Trades Centre will ensure you learn in a state of the art facility that re-creates real life working environments. 

The centre provides industry standard facilities and tools where you can learn a wide range of the skills that employers are looking for. Our expert teachers will give you the confidence and knowledge to succeed, as well as a thorough understanding of the construction industry.

Construction and Trades Centre

Progression and Careers

After Level 1, you can progress to Level 2, either full-time or as an apprentice. 

Future Careers:

  • Plumber
  • Self-employed plumber
  • Heating engineer
  • Hot and cold water systems designer
  • Air-conditioning and refrigeration
  • Site manager
Progression and Careers

Potential Careers

Plumber or heating or ventilating engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system.
  • Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools.
  • Installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, radiators and fires.
  • Tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods.
  • Repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 7.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £18,915

AVERAGE £27,788


Desired Skills:
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Speaking
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