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Plumbing Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Gain the basic under­pin­ning knowl­edge and ground­ing for a future with­in the plumb­ing trade. Take your first steps towards being a qual­i­fied plumber, gain­ing prac­ti­cal and trans­fer­able skills in our plumb­ing work­shops. You will study top­ics such as: above ground drainage, cop­per, plas­tic and low car­bon steel pipework and plumb­ing science. 


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will be required to under­take 1 week work expe­ri­ence on a con­struc­tion site, in a work­shop or in a con­struc­tion relat­ed field. You will also be expect­ed to take part in com­mu­ni­ty projects.

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, or a con­struc­tion relat­ed Entry Lev­el course.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will be assessed through writ­ten paper based assess­ments which will take place at the end of each the­o­ry unit. Ongo­ing prac­ti­cal assess­ments will be com­plet­ed through a series of tasks to spec­i­fi­ca­tion which will increase in com­plex­i­ty through the year.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will require a uni­form con­sist­ing of steel toe capped boots and over­alls which can be pur­chased from our web­site. Dur­ing your inter­view you will also sit an online suit­abil­i­ty assess­ment. The result of this, plus your pre­vi­ous aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ments and matu­ri­ty will deter­mine the lev­el of course you are offered.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, you can progress to the Plumb­ing Diplo­ma Lev­el 2, or to job roles such as a Plumb­ing and Domes­tic Heat­ing Tech­ni­cian Apprentice.

Course Con­tent

You will cov­er many top­ics including: 

  • 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




The fan­tas­tic tutors and indus­try stan­dard facil­i­ties have giv­en me the skills I need to progress to the plumb­ing Indus­try and under­take fur­ther gas fit­ting qualifications.

James Benson



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