Plumbing Student Working With Copper Pipe
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
1 Year (3 days per week August to June )

Applications are now closed.

This Pre Apprenticeship Plumbing Installation course will give you the essential knowledge and skills required for progression towards the plumbing industry. As a result we work with a number of employers who recruit directly from this exciting course.

What will I learn?

  • Health and safety in building services
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes: cold water systems / domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • How to communicate with others within building services engineering.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • National 4 or equivalent, in Craft and Design, or a relevant practical subject such as Skills for Work, Woodwork or Practical Craft Skills, and
  • National 4 or equivalent, in Maths and English are desirable
  • Please note you should be aged 16 or over by the course start date
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirements equivalency table

Employer and industry links

We work with SNIPEF, the industry body and are approached by employers wishing to give work experience to students, leading to them gaining apprenticeships.

Jobs and further study

Opportunities exist for successful students to progress to:

  • Plumbing apprenticeships
  • NC Building Services
  • NC Construction.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • you will be invited to attend an interview and skills test from April onwards. Please bring your qualifications and photographic identification with you to the interview.
  • skills test to assess your ability to measure, cut and assemble pipework
  • selection will be by Interview and skills test
  • reference must be supplied before an interview can take place.


You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements
  3. waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
  4. unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not achieve necessary level at the skills test. You can contact the Student Advisory Team to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received, you must respond within 10 working days or you risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details, such as start date, induction date and funding information.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3339