Diploma Level 1 Plumbing Studies


Higham Ferrers


1 year(s) Full Time

Start Date:


Summary & Entry Requirements

Course Includes

Plumbing students have access to excellent training facilities and outstanding learning sessions delivered by professional and enthusiastic lecturers, covering a range of plumbing skills and topics.

These qualifications provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge for modern domestic plumbing systems and are an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career as a plumber.

This course will give you a grasp of complex hot and cold water piping systems as well as the correct plumbing process. You will focus on the health and safety of plumbing as well as sanitation and general working skills.

Principal Qualification

Diploma Level 1 Plumbing Studies.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grades at 2-1 or equivalent or an Entry Level 3 Diploma in a related subject.

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Facilities & Location

Course Facilities


All classrooms at the college are fitted out with modern and specialist equipment related to the area of study. They are also regularly upgraded to ensure they remain state of the art and provide inspirational places to learn and grow your knowledge.

IT Facilities

Significant investment has been made in I.T. facilities over recent years, teaching is enhanced with IT in the majority of classrooms and a number of I.T. Suites operate throughout the different campuses utilising a mixture of PC’s, Laptops and Netbooks.  A cutting edge Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system means that Students at all sites receive a consistent IT experience. 

Fast WiFi networks cover the majority of the campus, and students are enabled to bring their own devices for use during informal study periods. 

We run Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 with a range of specialist software to support each curriculum area.  Each student is provided with a College email address and a home area to store their files alongside this 24/7 access from home is available to the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where lesson notes, interactive study aids, and videos support and reinforce teaching from both the classroom and practical sessions.

Learning Resource Centres

The college has learning resource centres at the main Moulton site, and the East Northants vocational skills academy. The Moulton LRC provides access for 240 people, including a designated IT area for our higher education students.

Each learning resource centre offers a range of services such as libraries, careers advice, learning support and study spaces, as well as access to resources including books, journals, newspapers, trade literature, online resources and DVDs.

Each centre also has a computer suite that provides access to network drives, the internet and Moodle, as well as hardware such as printers, copiers and scanners. Specialist software includes AutoCAD and packages for horse management, farm management, garden design, accounting, statistics and mind mapping.

For anyone requiring additional support, the learning resource centres at Moulton and at the vocational skills academies offer learning support, where needs can be discussed and arrangements put in place.

Plumbing and Gas

We are proud to offer some of the best construction facilities in the sector and the process of improving and upgrading them is ongoing.

The Moulton campus has several well equipped workshops for students to undertake practical work while specialist workshops for all trades can be found at the East Northants and Daventry vocational skills academies.

The workshops at Moulton include a specialist facility for plumbing and gas engineering and students become involved in practical projects around the campus and estate, producing finished work to commercial, professional standards.

Being awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence status for our construction programmes is a reflection of our commitment to high standards and innovative approaches to teaching.

Sustainable Technologies

The unique Collaborative Centre for the Built Environment (CCBE) is a partnership between the college, the University of Northampton and the University Centre Milton Keynes.

These organisations have come together with one common purpose: to instill current and future built environment professionals with the knowledge and skills to create genuinely sustainable developments and communities.

The aim is to develop a centre of excellence where professionals, researchers and students across a range of disciplines combine to contribute to contemporary debate and provide new thinking at the highest level.

With access to several towns, cities and rural locations, as well as major urban centres such as Birmingham and London, the CCBE will take full advantage of its setting and become a catalyst for a better society.


Course Location

Higham Ferrers Campus
Higham Ferrers Campus

This purpose built Campus is the teaching venue for students in the east of the county in the vocational areas of Brickwork, Carpentry, Plumbing, Wall and Floor Tiling and Animal Management. The facilities at the academy include four large teaching workshops, classrooms, an animal management centre and a learning resource centre, together with a range of catering and recreational amenities.

This course is also available at other locations:

Study Progression & Careers

Progression Opportunities

Students generally progress onto a higher level of Plumbing & Electrical Installation course, move into a job with training (such as an apprenticeship) or move into full time employment.

This Course

Diploma Level 1 Plumbing Studies

Courses at a Lower Entry level Other Courses at This Level Courses at a Higher Entry Level
Core Domestic Gas Safety CCN1 Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation Central Heating / Hot Water Boilers (Gas) CENWAT
Water Regulations Certificate Diploma Level 3 Plumbing Studies
Domestic Natural Gas Meters (Training & Assessment) MET1
Ducted Air Heaters 1 Ducted Warm Air Heaters (Training & Assessment) DAH1
Gas Cooking Appliances (Training & Assessment) CKR1
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Initial Assessment)
Natural Gas to Liquefied Petroleum Gas changeover (Initial Assessment)
Unvented Domestic Hot Water Systems
Central Heating and Hot Water Heaters (Assessment) CENWAT
Core Domestic Gas Safety (Training & Reassessment) CCN1
Diploma Level 2 Plumbing Studies
Domestic Natural Gas Meters (Assessment) MET1
Ducted Warm Air Unit (Assessment) DAH1
Gas Cooking Appliances (Assessment) CKR1
Gas Fires and Wall Heaters (Assessment) HTR1

Further Information

Course Overview

Professional and vocational qualifications lead to accreditation, be it from an examining body, such as City & Guilds or Edexcel, or professional recognition, such as from Construction Skills or Lantra. The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) recognises vocational achievement through the attainment of credits for units of study and for whole qualifications. The smallest qualification is the Award, then the Certificate, and the largest is the Diploma, although there are other intermediate qualifications also available. The duration of study will typically reflect the size of the qualification.

Learning & Assessment Methods

Vocational and professional qualifications are taught through college based theory and practical lessons with further learning and understanding developed via directed self-study. Assessment consists of internally set coursework and assignments, although some professional and vocational qualifications may require the achievement of externally set assessments.