Plumbing | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0017-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: East Brighton Campus Qualification: BPEC Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Foundation Awarding Body: BPEC

Why this course?


The growing plumbing industry offers financially rewarding careers. This course will give you the practical skills, confidence and underpinning theoretical knowledge to kick-start your career in the plumbing industry or prepare you for an apprenticeship.

As well as practical skills you will also learn how to promote yourself as a plumber and win jobs and contracts in domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing. In addition, you will learn about the structure of the construction industry, health and safety and site preparation. 

The course includes work experience, enrichment activities and project work to prepare you for a successful career as a professional plumber.

Start dates

September 2022 Apply
September 2023 Apply

Entry requirements

In order to start this course at Level 2, you must have completed a Level 1 Plumbing Foundation or Diploma and have two GCSEs grade 9-2 (A*-F) or equivalent. 

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Health and safety in building services
  • Electrical principles and processes
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Understanding how to communicate with others

Why the MET?

This course takes place at our purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre at the MET's East Brighton Campus.

Our well-equipped workshop facilities mirror real industry practice, using industry-standard tools.

You will be taught by expert teachers who have years of collective knowledge and industry experience between them. Our staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

You will also benefit from practical project work in the local community.


  • Our new purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre will give you a unique training facility simulating a real work environment
  • Workshops are equipped with the full range of industry-standard tools and machinery
  • Online access to resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

  • Assessment

    Ongoing written and practical assessments

Work experience

We work closely with local businesses and maintain relationships with a wide range of employers. You will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of 30 hours work experience, providing knowledge and experience of the workplace before progressing to employment.

Brighton MET is keen to offer our students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

After Level 2, you can progress to a Level 3 qualification as an apprentice or seek employment. A Level 3 qualification is required to become fully qualified.

Future careers include:

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

Course fees and finance

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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