This course is designed for 16-19 and 19+ year olds.

Our plumbing course is It is designed to give you all the specific skills required to be able to work within the Plumbing Industry.

This 2 year plumbing course is perfect for those who do not currently work within the Plumbing Industry but who are looking to start or change their career. It is a package of qualifications designed to provide learners with a fantastic understanding of all aspects of plumbing.

If you join Waltham Forest College, you will leave your plumbing course with 6 industry relevant qualifications which will give you a competitive edge when stepping into the world of work.

After the 2 years, you will have the option to study a Level 3 NVQ, delivered by the College, alongside working in the industry. The NVQ will give you the extra level of certification you need to work as a Plumber in a commercial setting.

Throughout the course you will receive training which reflects the reality of the industry and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the skills and knowledge required to progress your career. The course is scheduled over 3 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical.

The entry requirements for this course are:


  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 1 (G) or above including English and maths.

    If required, you will have the opportunity to study GCSE maths and/or English alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

You will learn how to take your first steps to becoming a qualified Plumber.

This qualification forms the basis of knowledge for all modern domestic plumbing and is therefore an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career as a Plumber.

Equally, it is also suitable for those of you already working in the plumbing industry and who require in-depth technical knowledge and qualifications without completing an apprenticeship.

The course will provide you with a range of plumbing skills covering various topics including:


  • Electrical principles and processes

  • Common plumbing processes

  • Cold water systems

  • Domestic hot water systems

  • Sanitation

  • Central heating systems

  • Drainage systems

You will be assessed across a mixture of theory and practical assignments which will be carried out to industry standards.

The assessment methods will be a mix of the below:


  • Practical assessments

  • Theory based assessments

  • Online exams

    All assessments will give you an opportunity to pass at one of the following three standards:

  • Pass

  • Merit

  • Distinction

Your progression from this qualification will be:


  • Employment into the Plumbing Industry

  • NVQ Level 3 at Waltham Forest College If you wish to further enhance your skills in the workplace then the NVQ Level 3 will allow you to work in the commercial industry.

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