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Plumbing Level 2 Full-time (including the T Level Foundation Year)

In Brief

Start Date /

This 1-2 year study programme starts in September.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and Maths. If you do not have English GCSE grade 2 you will need to have a successful  interview with an initial assessment in English and Maths at Entry Level 3 or above.

If you have four GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, you will have the chance to fast-track to year two after successful completion of a six week assessment period

You will achieve

You will gain a Level 2 qualification in plumbing studies.

Course overview

As a Plumber you could work on installing or maintaining heating systems, fitting domestic appliances, or fitting bathrooms and emergency repairs. You could 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 will also need good customer care skills.

If you do not have an apprenticeship, you can do our Level 2 full time course in Plumbing. This will equip you with many of the skills needed for the job and will help you when applying for an apprenticeship.  This will take you 1-2 years. Afterwards, to become a fully qualified plumber, you would need to do an apprenticeship for the level 3, which can take up to to two years.

Course content

Course themes:

  • Introduction to health and safety in construction
  • Connecting pipes and fitting appliances
  • Installing rain water goods
  • Installing and testing components of plumbing systems
  • Commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Maintaining the effective operation of systems


Online unit assessments plus practical assessments.

You will need safety footwear, overalls, writing materials, drawing equipment and paper.

Construction Centre
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

On completion of this programme, (to give you qualified status) you will need to complete apprenticeship . Alternatively, you can find work working alongside a qualified plumber under supervision. You can also progress on to the T-Level Plumbing course.

See what careers are available in the Construction sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Plumbing Level 2 Full-time (including the T Level Foundation Year)

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