Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing & Heating
About this course

Plumbing and heating is an ever developing and highly competitive  industry, which requires qualified specialists to carry out work safely and effectively. Employees work with a wide range of materials and technologies from domestic boilers and advanced welding techniques to computerised control systems.

This apprenticeship will ensure that you learn how plan, install, maintain and repair a range of heating and plumbing systems, working with gas fuel boilers, vented and unvented cylinders, baths, pipework, drains, and radiators. You will study safe work practices, environmental protection methods, scientific principles within mechanical engineering, site preparation and pipework fabrication, rainwater systems, ground drainage, and much more.

You can progress into full-time employment as a contracted or self-employed qualified plumbing and heating engineer.

Job roles can include:

  • Installing sanitation and heating systems
  • Servicing boilers
  • Laying drainage pipes
  • Working with environmentally friendly technology such as solar water heating and rain water harvesting


Watch 2018 Apprentice Award Winner Jess Crudge at work


What will I learn?

Advanced apprenticeships in Plumbing and Heating can include training in a wide range of units including:

  • Carrying out electrical work on domestic plumbing and heating systems
  • Planning complex domestic plumbing work
  • Installing domestic plumbing systems
  • Commissioning and decommissioning domestic plumbing systems and gas pipework
  • Organising resources
  • Core gas saftey principles for natural gas, gas water heatingand wet central heating appliances
Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE grade C in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English, ICT and have successfully completed the Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Duration of an advanced apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating will take 18 to 24 months to complete and also requires you to attend college for one day per wee during term time. 

The Competence element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio. The Knowledge element is delivered at our Wiltshire College Trowbridge or Salisbury campuses, as a day release programme. If required, Functional Skills will also be delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme. A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.