Plumbing Level 1/2

Learning about gas in domestic heating systems has been a really useful part of the plumbing programme. I’ve been able to complete the Accredited Certification Scheme to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. I am looking forward continuing my career in the industry.Felicity, Plumbing Level 3.

Learn the trade of plumbing and work towards a career in this high-demand sector. You will learn the key skills needed to begin a career as a plumber.

The Plumbing Studies Diploma course consists of two, one year qualifications. The Level 1 Diploma will provide the basic skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for the to the latest City & Guilds qualification which will be completed in the first year. The Plumbing Level 2 programme is an intensive course designed to provide the skills and knowledge for the understanding of the installation of domestic plumbing systems.

Training within our industry standard workshops, you will work with real-life materials and complete a number of practical projects as part of the overall qualification. Practical and theory sessions are combined to provide you with an understanding of basic and more advanced plumbing systems.

You will complete both practical tasks and written assessments leading to the completion of the Plumbing Diploma Level 2 (this can be converted to the full NVQ diploma after gaining employment in the industry). Delivery includes a mixture of lectures, traditional class tuition, practical work, assignments and personal study.

Full-time students will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills. A work skills qualification will also be undertaken.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Course Content

Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 1:

  • Copper Pipe Work Installations
  • Steel Pipe Work Installations
  • Various Jointing Methods
  • Group and Individual Tutorials
  • Functional Skills (Full-time only)

Level 2:

  • Health and Safety
  • Plumbing Processes
  • Domestic Hot and Cold Water Supplies
  • Central Heating Systems
  • Above Ground Drainage Theory
  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Group and Individual Tutorials
  • Functional Skills (Full-time only)

Please note: This programme is subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Level 1*: 3 GCSEs (9-1) which must include both English and Maths at 9-3, and an interview.

Progression to Level 2 –  Successful completion of the City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing.

Students must also obtain a Grade 4 in GCSE English and/or Maths whilst completing Level 1 if they have not previously achieved this.

Progression from level 1 to 2 is subject to a satisfactory report from the progression board which will include good attendance, punctuality, attitude and suitability for a higher level programme.

*Updated 2021/22 entry criteria

What Can I Do Next?

Students may find employment within the mechanical services industry as a plumber. Once employed within the mechanical services industry progression onto Diploma NVQ Level 2 and industry standard short courses such as Water Regulations and Domestic Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems.

Course Progression

Level 1 – Progression to Level 2 study or an intermediate apprenticeship
Level 2 – Progression to a higher level Plumbing programme or an advanced apprenticeship

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Plumbing Level 1/2
Course Outline: The Plumbing Studies Diploma course consists of two, one year qualifications
LevelLevel 1
Level 2
DurationTwo Years:
Year 1: Level 1
Year 2: Level 2
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+ Year 1: £1,738
19+ Year 2: £2,150


All Fees and prices shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.