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EAL Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

Domestic Plumber

Domestic Plumber and Heating Engineer

Overview of the course: 

This qualification has a theory and practical content. Therefore it is expected that it is delivered in a work-shop and a classroom environment

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although at interview lecturers will ensure that learners have the potential to achieve the qualification units. This course is designed for learners who may have limited prior knowledge and understanding of the plumbing sector. Learners who are thinking about plumbing as a career but would like some experience of the job role first.


The fundamental knowledge and understanding required by someone aspiring to work in the plumbing industry. The qualification covers a wide range of subjects including: safe working practices, understanding environmental protection measures, understanding fundamental plumbing systems and understanding and demonstrating fundamental copper tube practical applications.

How is the course assessed?: 

All assessments within this qualification are externally set (by EAL), Centre marked assignments and practical assessments. The full requirements of the assessments are detailed within Section 6 of the EAL qualification manual.

Further study options after this course: 

• Domestic Plumber and Heating Engineer
• EAL Level 2 Award in Plumbing and Heating

• EAL Level 2 Certificate in Plumbing and Heating

• EAL Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

• EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

• EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Heating

Length of the course: 

1 Year Full Time. The timetable includes sessions in the workshop and in the classroom as this qualification has a theory and practical content.


Technical Skills Academy Peterlee

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19+ years old you may be required to pay fees for your course, however if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

Learners under 25 years old with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will not pay fees.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

Fees may apply for equipment costs for all students, however financial help may be available. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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How to apply: 

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