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Plumbing Intermediate (Level 2)

This study programme will equip you with the necessary practical and theoretical skills you need to carry out a range of plumbing work to standards agreed by the industry.


When I finished school, I started on a course at Bedford College, but after giving it some thought, I decided that Plumbing would be a better option for me. I started on the full-time course and then my tutor helped me to find a job with a local plumbing company.

I work every Friday and am in College from Monday through to Thursday at the Gas & Plumbing Centre in Kempston.

I enjoy the practical work, such as making copper frames, which shows your tutor how accurate you are at measuring and soldering. The tutors are really good and make the theory lessons enjoyable too.

I much prefer the environment at College compared to school. It’s more hands on with less sitting and learning out of a text book.

Once I have finished this course I want to work full-time as a plumber and start my NVQ (work-based qualification) and then eventually take my Gas Safe certificate. I’m looking forward to becoming fully qualified so I can work for myself and be my own boss.  

Josh - Plumbing Studies Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths 


  • Plumbing City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills
Duration: 2 Years
  • 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in plumbing.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Health & safety in building services.
    • Key principles of cold and hot water systems
    • Central heating systems
    • Electrical principles and processes within the building services
    • Sanitation systems
    • Drainage systems
    • Communicate with others within the building services
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Assessment methods

You will be assessed continuously by practical assessment, and you will also sit national test papers.


Plumbing City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

On successful completion you could progress on to the Plumbing Level 3 or employment, where you can combine your job with part-time study at the College to gain an NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing.

Additional information

You will be required to wear suitable safety footwear and overalls whilst in the workshop. This course can be studied one year full-time or for two years part-time. If you are aged 16-18, tuition fees, exam fees and College membership are free. However, there are additional costs associated with some courses. For this course, you will be required to pay a fee of £30 for materials needed to complete the course.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 or 2 years 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre C464

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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.
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