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What career opportunities can this lead to?

This programme is designed for individuals who wish to become employed in the plumbing industry but are just starting out and want a good, basic understanding of the plumbing trade.

On successful completion of the programme, students can progress onto Level 2 Plumbing Studies or an Apprenticeship, provided you have gained full-time employment in the plumbing industry.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have gained a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade A*- E / 9-2 including English (D/3) and maths or an equivalent qualification. In addition, you must have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college. You will also need to successfully pass a college aptitude test and show enthusiasm and motivation to join the programme.

What does this programme involve?

The programme will cover the following:
-Understanding health and safety within building services engineering
-Understanding of the use of components and materials used
-Basic hot and cold systems designs and maintenance requirements

Practical skills including:
-Plumbing tools - Identifying and using a variety of hand tools to install and maintain plumbing systems
-Copper pipe work - Forming bends, soldering and connecting to various appliances
-Steel pipe work - Forming bends, cutting threads and installing a radiator
-Plastic pipe work - Including guttering, waste pipes and pressure pipe
-Maintenance - Repairing a variety of taps and valves

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The theory sessions provide you with new technical concepts and safe working practices and the practical sessions provide an opportunity for hands on experience. The practical sessions are assessed throughout the year. Theory exams are taken at stages throughout the year.

What else do I need to know?

You will be required to purchase safety boots and two A4 ring binder folders for the programme, together with text books in the first term.

Please contact a member of staff on telephone (023) 8091 1114 for further information.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
PLD1 Eastleigh College 11/9/2018 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,617.00

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Thomas - Gas and Plumbing

Thomas , 19

Thomas - Gas and Plumbing

Thomas started Eastleigh College studying Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing, and has progressed through the Level 3 and is now working towards becoming Gas Safe registered. He has an Apprenticeship with a local plumbing and heating company.


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