Plumbing Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: WEB030
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time

On this Level 1 Plumbing course you will spend time in the workshop environment developing the use of hand and machine tools, and within a classroom carrying out assignment activities to underpin the knowledge required to be a plumber.

What will I study?

The course will take approximately one year to complete and students will study at Level 1. There are 5 units to the Ascentis Level 1 programme, consisting of practical and theory based subjects:

  • Introduction to the construction work
  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Handling and Storing of Materials and Components
  • Personal Work Skills
  • Carrying out Plumbing Operations

Unit 13 consists of Plumbing operations, including copper pipe bending techniques, pipework fabrication and jointing techniques e.g. fabricating copper pipework using solder fitting, fabricating pipework using compression fittings, fabricating pipework using plastic push-fit fittings, testing the completed tasks to the current industry standards

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at Grade E/2 in Maths and English Language or completion of an Entry Level or Foundation Studies course.

How will I be assessed?

Some of the units are internally assessed which will allow you to create the necessary evidence to cover the specific units. Other units are externally assessed and this will take place by completing a project.

What can I do next?

Successful students could move into employment within the plumbing industry (apprenticeship) and therefore be eligible to undertake the City and Guilds 6189 NVQ Level 2 programme, or progress onto the City and Guilds 2000/02 Level 2 programme (Full-time).

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Career Options


Plumbers fit, service and repair hot and cold water systems, and heating systems in homes and businesses. They also work with gas fires and cookers.

If you want a varied job that makes good use of your practical skills and takes you out and about, this could be perfect for you.

You will need to be good at solving problems, have the ability to follow technical plans, and understand the importance of health and safety. You'll also need good customer care skills.

To become a qualified plumber you will need to complete industry-recognised training and qualifications. A common way in is through an Apprenticeship.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Engineer

Refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) engineers design, install and maintain cooling systems in buildings like supermarkets, offices, schools, hospitals and food processing plants.

As an RAC engineer, you would need good practical skills, the ability to follow technical instructions and an understanding of safe working practices.

If you want a varied job, working at different locations, and one which helps to develop sustainable green energy, then this could be the career for you.

A common route into this career is to take an Apprenticeship scheme. You would also need certification to prove you can work with the fluorinated gases (F gases) used in the industry.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


If you study construction or engineering you will be based in the construction centre or the brand new £7 million Futures Centre. Our facilities are some of the best in the area. With environmental technology workshops, mechanical workshop, electrical laboratories, a mock bungalow, CAD facilities and a real life plant room, you will be able to practice your skills in a real life working environment.

Enrichment & Employability

 Whether you want to become a builder, plumber, site manager or civil engineer, our courses will prepare you for the next steps. Alongside your course you will regularly visit construction sites to gain a better understanding of what it will be like once you become qualified to work.

Many students seek part time or voluntary work with architects, surveyors and building companies to gain some real life experience alongside their studies and enhance their CV.