I want to be a Plumber


Plumbers fit and service hot and cold-water systems, heating systems and drainage networks.

SALARIES: range from £15,000 to £40,000 a year dependent on experience.

As a plumber, you’ll:

  • Find out from the customer what the problem is.
  • Give time and cost estimates for jobs.
  • Install water, drainage and heating systems.
  • Cut, shape and join pipes and fittings
  • Find and fix faults
  • Service gas and oil-fired central heating systems and radiators.
  • Install or repair domestic appliances like showers and washing machines
  • Respond to emergency callouts, like boiler breakdowns or blocked drains
  • Fit weather-proof materials, joints and flashings to roofs, chimneys and walls

You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business. Your working environment may be cramped, at height and outdoors some of the time.


Below you will see you have a couple of options. You can apply for the vocational qualification (full-time course in the campus workshops) there is no need to pick a Level (Level 1, 2 or 3) as this depends on your grades which will be discussed during enrolment, OR you can apply for an apprenticeship where you will be based in the workplace. Click on the buttons below to find out more ... 

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You can develop your skills by taking further training in areas like heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and renewable energy technologies like solar powered heating.

You can also join the Gas Safe Register or get certified with the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC). These would show you’re qualified to work on gas or oil-fired appliances.

You could go on to study for a higher national diploma or degree and become an engineer. This could lead to career options in building services engineering, estimating and contract management.

You could also get involved in training apprentices or progress to teaching in a further education college.


Our Construction Career Excellence Hub is endorsed by leading employers, and they are actively involved throughout your whole training programme.

With experience, you could:

  • They will co-design your training programme to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for industry
  • They will help to create an inspirational learning experience for you
  • Provide the skills training required for wider industry
  • Provide opportunities to you, through industry placements
  • Assist in building your professional identity, through online networking.


Once you’ve completed your course, there are several options for you to further develop your skills and knowledge...

If you completed a Level 1, or Level 2 course, you can continue to progress to the next level course. Click here to go back to our course page, and discover the relevant course route, for you.

We also offer a Construction T Level programme, which is a mixture of college and work-based learning designed to give you the technical skills and workplace experience to kick-start your construction career.

Technical areas of study could include Surveying, design, civil engineering, planning and emerging technologies such as drone surveying and BIM.

An apprenticeship is a fantastic way of entering the construction industry. Not only will you get the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a local or national company, you will also be able to earn while you learn.

Through apprenticeships you will work closely with an experienced tradesperson to develop and practice your skills, all whist receiving the benefits that being a student brings.

We have several degree options on offer at UCW, which will allow you to further develop your knowledge. UCW is rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, meaning the teaching, learning and opportunities we provide are of the highest quality in Britain.

There are several degree options available in construction, which could lead you on to a career as an architect, site managers, project managers and surveyors. You can find the full UCW course list, here.


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The College offers lots of opportunities to meet local employers which has been a great way to speak to people in the trade and gain industry knowledge.. I feel confident that the skills I have gained on this course will put me in a great position to progress and learn more.


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