Course overviewPlumbing Level 3 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College
This four-year, plumbing apprenticeship programme will give you a Level 3 qualification in Plumbing and Domestic Heating.
Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property.
Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.
Who is this course for?
This qualification allows apprentices to become competent to industry standards in plumbing and heating or domestic heating.
Apprentices are required to demonstrate the ability to perform the necessary skills and the knowledge required to plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and domestic heating systems including domestic gas water heating and domestic gas wet central heating appliances.
What you'll learn
As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework.
Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems.
Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems.
It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.
Course entry requirements
Level 2 maths and English or GCSE Grade 4(C) or above in both maths and English.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
The course is delivered over 4 years on a day release basis at college where the apprentices will be learning off the job knowledge, skills and behaviours.
The assessments for this qualification are divided into four phases:
- Phases 1–3 cover core content
- Phase 4 covers the natural gas content
The four phases roughly equate to the four years of the Apprenticeship. Phase 1 assessments being delivered at the end of Year 1, Phase 2 assessments being delivered at the end of Year 2, etc. Apprentices will complete a worklog as they progress through the core units (Phases 1–3) and another worklog linked to the gas units in Phase 4.
Each phase assessment will be made up of an online multiple-choice test and a practical performance assessment. The apprentices need to pass each phase before they can progress to the next stage.
- Apprentices who fail an assessment are permitted one resit within 14 days
- Apprentices who fail a resit are permitted to retake the assessment after 60 days
- Apprentices who fail a retake are permitted one final resit within 14 days
- Apprentices awaiting the outcome of their fourth attempt at an assessment may commence training for the next phase but if the fourth attempt results in a fail, the apprentice must repeat the training for that phase before taking the assess again.
Once the apprentices have passed the phase 4 assessment they will then be signed off for the final End Point Assessment to achieve their apprenticeship.
The End Point Assessment is made up of 5 assessments:
- Multiple choice test (90 minutes)
- Design project (7 hours)
- Practical installation test (6 hours)
- Practical Application test (3 hours)
- Professional discussion (30 minutes)
Upon successfully completing the End Point Assessment the apprentice will receive a final grade (pass, merit or distinction) based on the grades from each of the 5 assessments.
Future career and study opportunities
Apprentices can progress into supervisory job roles and/or into areas such as design and planning.
As a fully-qualified plumbing and heating technician you could even run your own business
As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.
You will also be required to purchase the City and Guilds text books and to wear safety footwear and work trousers whilst in the workshops.
If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning.
Fees and applications
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Apprenticeship fees will be agreed between your employer and the College. You will get paid, alongside gaining a qualification. Find out more about apprenticeships.