Intermediate Diploma in Plumbing


The qualification provides learners with practical experience of plumbing and an expectation of some of the situations that they could face as a plumber in the building services sector. More specifically, it provides learners with the required underpinning knowledge and related practical skills they will need to progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing and to subsequently pursue a career in this occupational area. Key topics include health and safety and communication within the building services environment, scientific principles within the plumbing and heating industry, pipework fabrication process and techniques, and installation and maintenance techniques for cold water, hot water, central heating, above ground drainage, and rainwater systems.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, learners must be at least 16 years of age and have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification. In particular, learners should be able to demonstrate that they have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy required to comply with the health and safety aspects of the scheme, the completion of the learning outcomes, and the assessments.

The EAL Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Plumbing is for 16-19 year old learners in full time education who are interested in a career in plumbing. It has been specifically designed for learners to complete during the first year of a 16-19 study programme, allowing them to progress to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing in the second year, or at a later stage in the programme. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in plumbing and/or are considering a career change.


Assessment includes externally set and marked examinations, Centre marked assignments/practical tests, and a final cross-unit synoptic assessment.

The qualification can be delivered in a school, college or other learning provider, using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions and will normally be delivered during the first year of a 16-19 study programme.

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