Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 2 (Part -Time)

The Plumbing Part-time Diploma Level 2 is a 2-year study programme. An intensive course designed to provide the skills and knowledge for the understanding of the installation of domestic plumbing systems.

This course is aimed at those looking to pursue a career in plumbing and a gateway to accessing the L2 NVQ bolt on. Successful completion of this course and the bolt on will enable students to operate as plumbers wanting to specialise in basic plumbing jobs such as bathroom fitting. This does not lead to Gas Safe registration.

You will complete both practical tasks and written assessments leading to the completion of the Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 2 (this can be converted to the full NVQ diploma after gaining employment in the plumbing industry). Delivery includes a mixture of lectures, traditional class tuition, practical work, assignments and personal study. Attendance in college is one day a week (9am-5pm) with the day of the week confirmed in the summer.

Course Content
  • 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
Entry Requirements

GCSE English and GCSE Maths grade 9-4 (or equivalent)

Career Opportunities

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

Please note: This programme is subject to change.

How To Apply

The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2022 will be open from January 4th 2022.

Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you will be able to access it from this course page.

Once we are accepting applications and you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button which will appear below in the next menu.

Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.

We will begin to process applications for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year from January 2022.

During the spring-term applicants will receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests, which start to take place from May.

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 2 (Part -Time)
LevelLevel 2
Duration2 years
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 4th January 2022
AttendanceOne day a week
Fee(s)Year 1 (19+): £986
Year 2 (19+): TBC


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