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If you enjoy problem-solving, have good manual dexterity and coordination, then learning to be a professional plumber could be your route to a fulfilling career.

Plumbing is relatively new to Craven College and forms part of the well-established construction suite of courses. You will have access to a new plumbing workshop in Skipton with industry-standard equipment.  You will have the opportunity to enter the prestigious CITB Skill Build competition. All tools, equipment and materials are provided.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1-2 Years
depending on Level
How your qualification is made up

Entry Requirements

  • Level 3 – Plumbing Level 2 (merit/distinction) including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Level 2 – Plumbing Level 1 including English & maths GCSEs grade 9-4
  • Level 1 – 4 GCSEs grade 9-3 including English & maths grade 9-4

What you will study

  • Structure of the Construction Industry
  • Fundamental Safe Working Practices
  • Environmental & Sustainability measures in Domestic Dwellings
  • Site Preparation for Working in the Construction Industry
  • Above Ground Drainage
  • Copper Pipework
  • Plastic Pressure Pipework
  • Low Carbon Steel Pipework
  • Installation, Repair & Maintenance of Plumbing Systems
  • Plumbing Science
  • Installing & Testing Components of Plumbing Systems
  • Commissioning & Decommissioning Systems
  • Maintaining the Effective Operation of Systems
  • Maintaining the Safe Working Environment
  • Maintaining Effective Working Relationships
  • Contributing to Quality Development & Improvements of Products & Services
  • Health & Safety in Building Services
  • Environmental Technology Systems
  • Plumbing System Installation Planning
  • Complex Cold Water Systems
  • Domestic Hot Water
  • Sanitation & Drainage Systems
  • Central Heating Systems
  • Domestic Gas Principles
  • Career Awareness in Building Services Engineering

What's Next?

Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.

Further Study

  • Construction Management
  • Advanced Apprenticeship


  • Plumber
Meet the team
  •   Plastering Tutor and Student Success at SkillBuild 2021 National Competition   •   SkillBuild – Student Takes on Regional Heats   •   Plastering Competition