Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing

Study Area: 16-18
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time

Course Overview

Plumbers are always in demand, so there’s reliable, rewarding and well-paid work if you have the right plumbing qualifications.

This qualification prepares you for employment in the Plumbing industry and shows employers that you have the fundamental skills to stay safe and contribute whilst you gain experience on site.

The Plumbing City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma will need you to complete specific units and topics. You will work towards the following units to make up the full qualification:

  • Construction industry
  • Health and safety
  • Environmental
  • Site preparation techniques
  • Above ground drainage
  • Copper pipe work
  • Plastic pressure pipe
  • Low carbon steel
  • Installation repair and maintenance
  • Plumbing science

Each unit will include an externally set assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the unit. Students will have to participate in a course suitability test within the first six weeks of the course.

Like all of our latest plumbing qualifications that are delivered in our new state of the art training centre there is an emphasis on renewable and sustainable technologies such as solar hot water and rainwater/grey-water harvesting and we will teach you their installation techniques and principles.

You will carry out a wide range of practical, hands-on tasks in the workshop that will develop your ability to use a Plumbers hand-tools and be introduced to a wide range of specialist, powered equipment that you will use as you become more expert in your studies.

We will provide you with real-life ‘on-site’ work experience that will show you what it is like to be a Plumbing professional and we regularly have employers and fully qualified Plumbers coming in to talk to you about the latest developments and career opportunities.

You will learn the theoretical side to Plumbing through classroom based activities, projects and assignments that will help develop your confidence, team work and leadership skills.

You can also become part of the programme of enterprise activity and learn how to run a successful plumbing company.

Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

We want to make sure you are going to enrol on the right course so to help us we assess your current level of Maths and English.

The assessment is a tool to help us plan your development and support you in choosing the right level of study.

After the assessment, we will invite you in to speak to one of the tutors so that you have a chance to ask all of the questions that you might have and to give you a clear plan of what you need to do.


This course is the first step towards a successful career as a Plumber or those that which to become involved in the renewable and sustainable technologies sector.

It can also be used by learners with more academic aspirations as the first qualification towards progressing to higher education at Calderdale College to study HNC/HND.

Students can progress onto the Level 2 qualification in Plumbing and Heating.

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed through practical observations and external assessments.

Course Fees

This course is free for students age 16 – 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team on 01422 399367 for more information.

Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing

Study Area: 16-18
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time
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