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Domestic Plumbing and Heating Gas Fired Water and Central Heating Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    5+ years

  • Start Date
    July 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • July 2020, Apprenticeship


It is recommended for employees who work within a plumbing role and who want to; further their career and gain a qualification through a flexible combination of training and assessment in the workplace.
To achieve this Apprenticeship the learner must obtain all mandatory units. In addition to this there is the option to achieve Gas Safe Registration (CCN1), BPEC Water Regulations and Unvented Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (UDHWSS).
Course Content includes:

  • Understand how to organise resources within BSE
  • Understand and apply cold/hot water system installation, domestic central heating system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
  • Install, commission, service and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems
  • Preparing work sites for the installation of plumbing and heating systems and components in the workplace
  • Installing plumbing and heating systems and components in the workplace
  • Diagnosing / Rectifying faults in plumbing and heating components in the workplace

You will complete Level 3 Domestic Plumbing and Heating Gas Fired Water and Central Heating as part of this Apprenticeship.

  • This Apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your Apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this Apprenticeship course is 24 months.
  • This course starts in September 2019.

Contact our Apprenticeship Team to find out when our next course start date is.

If you already have an employer for your Apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an Apprenticeship, please click Apply Now.

If you are an Employer who is looking to recruit an Apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the Apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss next steps.

Why Our College?

Get paid to train

Apprenticeships provide fantastic career opportunities and allow you to get a qualification and earn money at the same time

Designed for opportunity

94% of apprentices stay in work after finishing an apprenticeship, and 47% have received a promotion

Hands on learning

We work closely with employers to deliver training both on and off the job. In most cases, you’ll come into college one day a week, as well as getting planned training and development with a mentor in the workplace

Entry Requirements

Entrants will have previously completed a Level 2 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering Services - Plumbing and a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Basic Plumbing Studies. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether they have just left school or have been working for years.

Applicants need to be:

  • Employed in a relevant job role and not taking part in full-time education.
  • In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Apprentices who took their GCSEs more than five years ago and did not gain a C grade or above will need to take a literacy and numeracy test.

Learning Outcomes

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating Level 3 is built up of a framework consisting of:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Functional Skills Mathematics
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Functional Skills English


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including:

  • Case studies
  • Assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Projects


Academic progression may include continuation, development or promotion within this sector and progression into higher education. Successful students may progress to the higher level qualifications in areas such as building services engineering, technology and project management or foundation degree in engineering, and continued professional development.

Career Progression

Career progression may include continuation, development or promotion at work.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs. To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, employers should contact the Apprenticeship Team on 0800 328 3616 or email

For more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Employer Partnerships Team on 0800 328 3616 or email