Course Details

This plumbing apprenticeship incorporates all of the level 2 and level 3 requirements and will lead you to become a fully qualified plumbing and gas engineer. The course covers everything from planning, designing, installation, testing and commissioning of all systems found within a domestic property. It is an advanced course that will require you to attend college once a week over a four year period.

Entry Requirements

You need to have a contract of employment with an employer who is gas safe registered. We will hold a professional discussion with you at interview. A prior plumbing qualification is not necessary, though can be helpful. You should have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or higher, including maths and English and preferably including a science subject.

Career options

Completion of the Level 3 Standard Apprenticeship will result in you becoming a fully qualified plumber and gas engineer. You are likely to work in a domestic environment and may complete more commercial environment work. You may seek to become a site supervisor running a job from start to finish. You could pursue further study, such as a HNC or HND at level 4 or 5.

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 Standard

Five highlights

  • 1 You will become a fully qualified plumbing and gas engineer
  • 2 A trailblazer qualification which offers bespoke training and learning
  • 3 A 50-50 mix of class-based and practical-focused learning
  • 4 Taught by industry experienced and Chartered Institute lecturers
  • 5 A respected departmental reputation for quality plumbing training

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • Flexible start date
  • Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 Standard

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Course code Location Course length Start date
CON421WMMA Chichester Campus 4 Years Flexible start date

What you need to know

What will I study?

Your apprenticeship will last four years. In year 1 you will cover: health and safety and basic installation assessments. In year 2 you will cover installation of hot and cold water systems and central heating systems. In year 3 you plan and design hot and cold water and central heating systems.You will also cover installing unvented hot water cylinders, underfloor heating and wiring boiler controls. In year 4 you will prepare for gas. This includes developing an underpinning knowledge and training on gas pipework systems. You will also learn how to install, service and maintain common domestic gas appliances and controls. As a trailblazer qualification we can provide more bespoke training. For example, we can look at designing private water supplies, booster cold water systems and new technologies in heating.

How will I be taught?

Your day at college will be split equally between the classroom and the workshops, allowing you to develop your skills and have the understanding of how it all works. A typical day will involve a morning of theory and an afternoon of practical activities. Theory tuition for the course is by a blend of class based lessons, detailed handouts, group work, debate and discussion. Practical training will include specific in the workshop based on the topics covered. You will complete projects that simu

How will I be assessed?

For the first three years you will be assessed at the end of the year. In year 4 you will complete an independent gas assessment. You will also have an end-point assessment towards the end of your time on the apprenticeship.

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