16-18: Vocational

Plumbing (Level 3 Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. Successful completion of City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing.


Students will learn the theory and practical skills covering the plumbing and domestic heating industry. To pass this Level 3 course, students will complete set tasks and take theoretical exams based on real life scenarios. They will have to demonstrate knowledge and practical application of a range of plumbing and central heating systems.

If students have not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in English or Maths, they will study an additional English or Maths course.

You will study topics including:

  • Complex Cold Water Systems
  • Complex Hot Water Systems
  • Unvented Hot Water Systems
  • Central Heating
  • Complex Sanitation
  • Gas 1
  • Gas 2
  • System planning
  • Improving Business

Other compulsory units to be studied will include aspects of the industry, such as Health & Safety in building services engineering; Fundamental principles and requirements of environmental technology systems; Plumbing system installation planning; Sanitation and drainage systems; Complex central heating systems; Domestic gas principles and Career awareness in building services engineering.

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What Can This Course Lead To

Successful completion of the Level 3 course can lead to progression to further studies in the plumbing and heating industry or in the construction sector, such as HNC or HND qualifications. Students can go straight into employment after the Level 3 course or begin an apprenticeship. Former students have gone on to careers such as Designer Estimators, Project Managers, Site or Workshop Supervisors, Chartered Engineers and Commercial Managers.

Whilst this sector doesn’t currently have a ‘Licence to Practice’ our apprenticeships are recognised as fulfilling the competence requirements of the voluntary card schemes and will enable students to register on a relevant industry-recognised Certification Scheme which is evidence that an operative is deemed competent to carry out a particular job role effectively and safely.

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