Ashford College - Plumbing
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Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

A wide selection of courses covering various pathways within the Construction and Built Environment sector. For Plumbing we offer full time courses on various levels, which can all be achieved through internal and external progression. We also offer the HNC in Construction, a Higher Education course which is equivalent to the first year of a degree programme.

The courses include health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries. Courses offer a series of practical projects and modules of study, which will prepare you for your chosen career.

These courses are currently based at Wotton Road in the EKC Plumbing and Electrical Training Centre, but we are investing in brand new facilities for Plumbing at the Elwick Road site, meaning that as you progress, so will the tools and the facilities that you will be using. Ashford College also work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers for those on the Level 3 course. This practically based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the plumbing industry or specialist further study.

Student Progression

With our Plumbing courses at Ashford College, you can progress onto many options, including going on to further study at University, or launching your career in an industry of your choice. Our full time courses and our HNC courses allow you to choose the path that is right for you.

Careers in this industry include...

  • Plumbing Technician
  • Plumbing Manager
  • Pipe Layers
  • Steamfitters
  • Gas Service Technician
  • Business Owner
  • Consultant

At Ashford College, our facilities include workshops which have the tools and machinery used by professionals, as well as labs and classrooms, allowing students to do practical experiments and learn theory in engaging environments. Our Wotton Road site has the tools you need to take up a career in Plumbing, and our staff are more than happy to help at anytime. 

Facility highlights of the Plumbing pathway include...

  • Fully equipped plumbing bays
  • Latest equipment and tools
  • Fully stocked stores
  • Realistic installation environments such as model bathrooms


Career Prospects

Example: Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers

 Annual pay
£18,200 - £53,040
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 7% over the period to 2027, adding 10,973 jobs. In the same period, 55% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 85,644 job openings.

Role description

Jobholders in this unit group assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures, heating and ventilating systems and pipes and pipeline systems in commercial, residential and industrial premises and public buildings.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Plumbing

KFE4Skills23 Contest

KFE4Skills23 Contest

Students participate in contests all year round which help to develop their skills. At this years KFE4Skills Competition, Plumbing students Adam and Ben took part in a variety of challenges designed to impress the judges, who were experts in their respective fields. Overall they looked at areas such as pipe installation, bending with tools and health and safety, and came 4th/5th!

EKC Plumbing and Electrical Training Centre

EKC Plumbing and Electrical Training Centre

Our centre based at Wotton Road, Ashford allows 16-19 and Adult students to gain experience with great facilities in Electrical, Plumbing and Engineering. For 16-19 students, we are currently investing in more facilities at our main campus. 

Experienced and Dedicated Staff

Experienced and Dedicated Staff

Our staff have years of experience in the industry and will ensure that their knowledge and training is passed onto you in the best possible way. No matter your age, skillset or previous experience, they will be happy to help every step of the way and will ensure your plumbing career starts the right way.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100