Plumbing Level 2 Diploma

This qualification is for learners who want to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Guildford College

  • Pathway


This plumbing course allows candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the plumbing sector.

All 16-19-year-olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and maths if they have not already attained a GCSE grade 4 in these subjects.

Please note: This qualification does not make candidates fully qualified plumbers. Additional training will be required.


Topics included:

  • Health and safety in building services engineering
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering

Practical and theory lessons take place in our well-equipped industry-standard workshops, led by our industry specialist lecturers. You may be required to do some study outside of the hours spent in college.

You could progress to:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing Studies

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 3 or above including English language and maths AND an achievement on a relevant Level 1 course.

The theory classes are formal lessons followed by BPEC online exams in stages. For practical work, overalls and protective footwear are required.

It is highly recommended that students purchase books to assist in their studies – from a reading list provided at the start of the course.

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Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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