Plumbing

This course is aimed at you if you are looking to progress your career in the plumbing and heating industry.This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 who has good GCSE English, maths and Science and an aptitude to the industry or life experiences. You must also have completed Level 2.


This qualification covers a wide range of skills and knowledge required for preparing to work in the plumbing and heating industry. The course focusses on a more theoretical and design element.

In order to complete the qualification the following topics are compulsory:

  • Advanced Cold water systems
  • Advanced Hot water systems
  • Advanced Sanitation systems
  • Advanced Central heating systems
  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Practical portfolio

Each theory unit has its own multiple choice end test and you will only be submitted for the exam when we have assessed your knowledge. These on-line assessments will take place under supervision in the exams centre.

Practical assessments are set by the awarding body and will take place when we have provided you with the training necessary.


The section looks to offer work experience wherever possible. In the past students have worked on a large variety of work placements for both external clients and other departments within college. Other types of work experience could include talks by guest speakers or visits to exhibitions

Progression would be into employment / apprenticeship to complete level 2 & 3 6189 qualification

You could also consider higher education with career prospects of joining the professional construction team, such as Architect, Quantity Surveyor, etc.

The entry requirements for this course are you must have completed level 2 .

  • Learners who have some knowledge of plumbing and heating and are 19+

    Oldham College will arrange an interview and aptitude test prior to enrolling on the course

  • Full time learners who have previously completed a level 1 or 2 course in plumbing and heating with good grades in maths, English and Science.

This is a progression route, delivered full time over 1 academic year. 


16-18 year olds no cost.

19 plus please ask at interview.


Please apply via the Oldham college website using the online application system thank you

Careers

According to labour market information, the plumbing and heating workforce will grow by 2.3 per cent between now and 2024 and 26 per cent of the existing workforce are expected to retire, creating a further 50,000 jobs.

Starting salaries are around £15,000 - £20,000 and salaries can go up to over £40,000 for highly skilled and experienced plumbers.

National Careers Advice

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development