Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
1 September 2019TBCLes Maxwell

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This course is for those wishing to follow a career in areas such as Plumbing, Heating and Gas Installation.


The course is made up of 10 mandatory units:

  • Cold Water Service
  • Hot Water Service
  • Basic Domestic Hot Water Heating Systems
  • Plumbing Principles and processes
  • General Site Safety Awareness
  • Basic Domestic Plumbing practice
  • General plumbing maintenance
  • Electrical Principles
  • Sanitation
  • Communication


As part of this course you will attend 1 lesson per week in one of the following subjects;

  • English
  • Maths

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.


City & Guilds Diloma in Plumbing is a full time course that could be completed prior to progressing to an NVQ in plumbing. In order to do this you will need to have gained employment in the plumbing industry.

Work Experience

Work placements and any work experience are highly desirable but subject to availability.  All candidates are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to gain purposeful work experience during their course.  We will do all we can to assist in finding suitable opportunities.

The timetable is designed to give all candidates the opportunity to complete at least 36 hours of work experience within the academic week.


The College can offer a variety of additional qualifications and activities beyond the core course requirements. All students are invited to complete additional qualifications.


Attendance is a minimum of two and a half days per week, though timetables and attendance patterns may vary. To gain the awards candidates must be successful in all the occupational units including key skills. Generally there is a requirement for completion of practical exercises and knowledge assessments for each unit. It will be your responsibility to update your record book which will show evidence of your experience and achievements. The course is structured and delivered by continuous assessment of practical work which is internally assessed plus theory multi-choice on line exam which is assessed by City and Guilds.


  • Apply problem solving techniques in the areas of competence covered
  • Understanding the principles of construction
  • Develop practical skills as required by the industry
  • Basic installation of hot and cold water services
  • The workings of basic domestic central heating systems
  • Basic above and below ground drainage
  • NVQ 2 Plumbing, if there is adequate work based evidence to support assessment

Note: Entry to Level 3 is by the satisfactory completion of Level 2 together with the NVQ 2 Plumbing, with a reasonable report from your Tutor, along with a good attendance record and employment in the plumbing industry


* Please note these fees are subject to change *

Essential materials, books and equipment. You will be expected to provide yourself with:

  • Overalls and safety footwear (£50 approx.)
  • 45° & 60° set squares, scale rule, calculator, writing materials (£15 approx.)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing – ISBN 878085193 2095 (£20 approx)

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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