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Plumbing - Access to Building Services Engineering (BSE 2000) Level 1

Imagine your home with no hot and cold water, no toilet or central heating or electric power and lighting. Imagine being in a supermarket with no refrigeration to keep the food fresh. Many people who work in modern offices also take air conditioning for granted. This is building services engineering and it is a vital part of modern life. Engineers are needed to install, service and maintain equipment.


Exam Board: City & Guilds



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  • What will I study and learn?

    This course will teach you the basic knowledge to bend and solder copper pipe, work with low carbon steel and a range of plastic products.

    All four trades are covered, so you will have the opportunity to find out what you enjoy most and help you make the choices to develop a career.

    There are five core units:

    • Introduction to the building services engineering sector
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Refrigeration and air conditioning
    • Heating and ventilation

    There are three additional mandatory units (units to have to take):

    • Health and safety
    • Environmental awareness
    • Building services engineering science

    During the course you will learn about electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Lessons in the class room will cover the theory behind how these systems work. Others will be in our practical workshops where you will put into practice what you have learnt. You will use a wide range of hand and power tools in order to complete the practical tasks required. Health and safety training will also form an important part of your course.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed through a mixture of practical and theory units which include a practical work portfolio and on-line exams. For example, what you have made in the workshop will be assessed. Your portfolio will be a workbook in which you write about how you completed your practical tasks in the workshops.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You should have an interest in this type of subject and enjoy working out practical problems. You should enjoy working with your hands and have a good level of fitness. Attention to detail is also an essential for successful plumbing. You must be physically fit.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum Requirements - 4 GCSEs at grade D-E/3-2 including English and Maths at grade 3 and Science at grade 3.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Once you have successfully completed the level 1 qualification course you may progress to a level 2 qualification course.

    The industry offers great opportunities for those with the relevant qualifications and motivation to succeed.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    All students will have to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (flame retardant overalls and safety boots/shoes) at approximately £70. You will also need to buy a calculator and memory stick. A textbook for the level of study is also required at an approximate cost of £30.

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