Course Title Plumbing Level 3 Apprenticeship
Level: 3
Code M07-F

Overview of the Course

The Plumbing Apprenticeship offers a qualification that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need when working in a job role which focuses on plumbing. You will be working in a variety of environments where your duties could encompass many areas of plumbing. You need to be familiar with everything from domestic boilers to advanced welding techniques to computerised control systems and from installing sanitation systems and servicing boilers to laying underground drainage pipes, plumbers work for the construction industry as well as for commercial and domestic clients. To undertake an Apprenticeship in Plumbing you must be committed, have a keen interest in the trade and have the determination and motivation to succeed. You may be involved in working in various conditions including: Working in outside and in adverse weather conditions, e.g. temperature variations, Shiftwork (may include nights and weekends), Working at height, Working in confined spaces, Working within highly regulated and controlled areas, Working within high hazard environments, Wearing specialist safety equipment, Working away from home. You will develop a range of Plumbing skills including preparing pipework and working with various types of systems for heating and water. The Plumbing apprenticeship is made up of nine core units, with the units differing depending on the fuel type you work with. Units include: Complex cold water systems, Complex domestic hot water systems, Central heating systems (boilers and controls), Domestic gas supply systems (natural or LPG), Plumbing studies practical tasks (gas). This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements includes successful completion of Level 2 apprenticeship in Plumbing. Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement of apprenticeship and will need to achieve at least a Level 2 (GCSE A-C standard) in both assessments for Level 3. You need to be employed within a construction setting or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice.


Higher qualification.

Course Duration

18-24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


As well as the college attendance, your assessor will visit you on a regular basis and support you with developing your electronic portfolio which is used as evidence in order to complete your Apprenticeship as it brings everything together. You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade-competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. Some elements are assessed by exam. At these meetings observations, question and answer sessions and reviews will take place.

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