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Plumbing Diploma Level 1

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    This course gives you the skills needed to progress to a higher level of training in Plumbing. You will be taught by industry-experienced tutors in workshops that reflect the workplace.

    Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    • Use of Hand Tools
    • The Basic Principles of Plumbing
    • Health & Safety

    If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.

    Elements of Study

    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    To apply for this course you’ll need to pass the BPEC Assessment. You also need to have a GCSE grade 3 in both English and maths.

    We’ll also ask you to come for an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You’ll be assessed by competence testing and by taking an exam.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress onto Plumbing Level 2 or choose to look for paid work. You could opt for a Plumbing Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice Plumber.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk

    Following further study you could work as:
    • A Plumber, earning between £16,000 and £40,000, depending on experience.
    • A Kitchen and Bathroom Fitter, earning between£15,000 and £35,000 a year.
    • A Handyperson, earning between £14,000 and
    £23,000 a year.
  • Enrichment

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    During the course we will conduct various site visits looking at real-time construction projects and understanding the various elements of plumbing and all things site based.

    • We liaise closely with Willmott Dixon and other large contractors for site visits
    • You will undertake industry specific work placements
    • We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities including sports and trips.
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.

    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.

    You could also benefit from getting involved in volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you’re a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant
    • FREE CSCS Card, essential for site work

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Submit an application online by visiting www.boltoncollege.ac.uk/yp-application
  • Open Events

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    Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm
    • Futures4Me Event
    • Monday 7th October 2019, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
  • Start Date:

    07/09/2020

  • End Date:

    02/07/2021

  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:30
    10.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

  • Course Code:

    PG001-YP01