We are still accepting applications for September 2020 starts.

Our campuses remain closed for the foreseeable future 

Easter Closure and return to study

The College will be closed from Saturday 4th April to Tuesday 14th April (inclusive), there will be no work set for classroom based courses over this normal 2 week holiday period, however we will be returning to remote working on Wednesday 15th April for staff to continue to prepare online learning and resources.

UCC students and Apprentices will return to their online remote learning on Monday 20th April.

Further Education students will return to online remote learning on Wednesday 22nd April. This delay is to allow teaching staff to prepare materials for the next few weeks of online learning on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April.

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.

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 (grades A*-G/9-1), including English and Maths (grades 9-4), and an interview.

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

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

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 Institute
Clacton Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+ Year 1: £1,799
19+ Year 2: £2,140


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2019-20 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.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

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.