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Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 2

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to progress your career in the plumbing trade. You will learn to undertake a range of duties, such as the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems, safety, hot and cold water systems, sanitation and central heating. You will gain a Level 2 NVQ diploma in Plumbing & Heating, which provides all the basic domestic heating and plumbing training you need to start work in the industry and is the industry recognised qualification for domestic plumbing and heating engineers.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3, including English and maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths, or equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Building services engineering
  • Environmental protection measures
  • Scientific principles
  • Pipework processes
  • Cold water system installation and maintenance techniques
  • Hot water system installation and maintenance techniques
  • Central heating system installation and maintenance techniques
  • Rainwater system installation and maintenance techniques
  • Above ground drainage system installation and maintenance techniques

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through 10 exams, along with a portfolio of practical assessments completed in College and a portfolio of on-site work completed and assessed in the workplace.


You will gain the following qualification:

Plumbing City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this programme you could move on to the Plumbing & Heating Advanced Level 3 programme.

Future careers: You will be able to take a number of commercial courses to help you move into a career in the industry, including Gas Foundation, Unvented Hot Water certificate, Water Regulations Certificate and an Energy Efficiency course.

Additional information

You will be required to wear PPE boots and overalls or company issue clothing.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre C707


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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