The Certificate in Plumbing Level 1 qualification will allow you to prepare for a career in the Bricklaying Industry. Students will gain an understanding of the industry in general as well as an insight into the various career options.
We have strong links within the industry and work with companies such as Society of Public Health Engineers (SOPHE) and have been accredited as a Centre of Excellence by SOPHE.
The course is scheduled 3 days per week and is a mixture of practical and theory work.
The Plumbing Industry encompasses a wide range of professionals and generally includes anyone who installs or repairs pipes that carry liquids or gases. Plumbers work in various settings and are often on call at all hours for situations such as leaks or pipe bursts that require immediate attention to prevent serious, long-term damage.
Typical tasks for plumbers can include fixing leaking pipes, installing household fixtures (e.g., sinks, showers and toilets), repairing or replacing water heaters and water conditioning equipment, and conducting lawn sprinkler system maintenance.
Within Waltham Forest, and the wider London region, there are always new projects such as new housing developments, shopping centres, commercial/industrial centres or urban regeneration projects. Our courses will prepare you for these challenges.
The entry requirements for this course are:
- 4 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or above including maths and English
- Assessment and interview
- If you have no GCSEs you will be asked to do a BKSB assessment. Minimum entry criteria is working at Level 1
If required, you can study Functional Skills maths and/or English alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.
What will I study?
This course consists of the following modules:
- Structure of the construction industry
- Fundamental safe working practices
- Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings
- Site preparation for working in the construction industry
- Above ground drainage
- Copper pipework
- Plastic pressure pipework
- Low carbon steel pipework
- Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
- Plumbing science
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed via:
- Written tasks
- Practical activity
To further enhance your progression, you will actively participate in internal and external skills competitions, such as UK SkillBuild.
Waltham Forest College is an accredited CSCS Test Centre and we will help you to obtain a CSCS card.
You will take part in trips and visits such as Future Build and UK Construction Week. You will also have access to key employers that deliver guest lectures to help build your industry knowledge and contacts.
As part of your course, you will learn about employability and health and safety which will provide you with the most up-to-date knowledge to gain work within the industry.
You will be offered opportunities to actively engage with industry related employers and take part in experiential events to improve your personal development.
Successful completion on this course will lead to:
- Plumbing Level 2
- Apprenticeship training programmes
Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.