Basic Plumbing Studies Level 1

Cornwall College St Austell | Camborne LEVEL: 1 Construction

This is a one-year Level 1 introductory course to plumbing, teaching you the essential health & safety practices you will need to work in a trade profession.

Often called upon in an emergency, if you can fix a leaking pipe, mend a broken toilet, or repair a central heating system, you will be hailed a hero. An experienced plumber should have the ability to work in a variety of different environments and during your time with us we will teach you the practical, hands-on skills and industry legislation to enable you to do this, either as an employee or running your own business.

We offer both full-time study and apprenticeship options for you to train to be a professional plumber. We offer this Level 1 introductory year if you do not have the required grades to start at Level 2.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You would like to pursue a career in plumbing and wish to progress onto our Level 2 Plumbing Studies Diploma.

You’ll need:

Grade 3 in Maths and English or above.

You’ll learn:

Practical skills such as cutting, bending and joining pipes and fittings, backed up by some classroom theory to introduce you to concepts of plumbing and heating systems and how they work. You will be assessed throughout the course on your practical work.


To be continually assessed throughout your course. Most of your time will be spent in the workshop.

You’ll love:

Being immersed in practical, hands-on training.

You’ll go on to:

The full-time Level 2 programme or an apprenticeship.

Careers in this industry 

- Plumbing engineer
- Plumbing and heating engineer
- Plumbing and drainage engineer
- Plumbing sales

Progression Courses

Experienced plumbers can earn upwards of £40k a year and there is a current skills shortage with plenty of jobs available."




Basic Plumbing Studies Level 1

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


1 year

Basic Plumbing Studies Level 1

Start Date

September 2020




1 year


Alice Collard Self-employed Plumber

Alice always enjoyed practical study and when she finished school she went straight to college to study plumbing because she wanted to learn a good trade. In her second year she got a job with a plumber in Falmouth and this took her through her third and fourth years of college, where she gained multiple qualifications. After leaving college Alice was determined to give plumbing a go on her own and set-up her own plumbing and heating business.

“My job can involve anything from fixing a leaking tap to a full bathroom
refurbishment and I enjoy the variety, you never know what you’ll get
from day to day and it’s always a challenge.”

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