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Dates: 02/05/19 - 27/06/19
Days: Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
Sessions: 8
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S43043C05NV
Fees: Standard - £96.00
Concessionary - £96.00

Course Information

What are the overall aims of the course?

You will gain knowledge of how the different components of your home plumbing system works. Learn various pipe fitting and jointing methods. You will also learn how to solve basic domestic plumbing and installation problems and develop the basic skills to tackle these problems.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn how to:
Identify different types of plumbing fittings
Re-washer taps and float valves
Solder copper pipes and fittings
Bend copper pipes
Identify different types of waste and overflow systems including toilet cistern.
An overview of central heating systems
Background to radiator installation and changing a radiator valve.
Review plumbing in bathroom sanitary ware & installing a shower, mixing tap and bar shower
Plumb in a washing machine
Fit an outside tap

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session

Are there any entry requirements?

This is a basic DIY course for students of all abilities – all are welcome.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)
Practical class work, following initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction.
General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate.
Students are encouraged to undertake a basic DIY project at home when competent.
Handouts and other materials are available from the tutor or online.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

This course is suitable for complete beginners.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

A note book and a pen.
Some basic tools such as adjustable spanners would be useful though not essential.

A blow torch will be required for weeks three and four and it is helpful if class members have their own though again it is not essential. (If you are thinking of purchasing a blow torch for future projects, please wait until the course starts when guidance will be given by the tutor with regards to purchasing one).

Further information of what you will need for following sessions will be given at the end of each session.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre or at

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton

College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Undertake basic home improvement projects and/or take a further DIY, craft course at Sutton College to expand your skills and experience.

What should I do if I have any questions?

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