Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or if you have an employer, please ensure you add full contact details of your employer within your application. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

The Plumbing& Domestic Heating Apprenticeship is part of the apprenticeship offer in Building Services. Plumbing& Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing& Domestic Heating Technicians can find themselves working in commercial or domestic properties so customer service skills, are important qualities.

The occupation involves the installation of plumbing and heating systems. Such as 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. Also work on new environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. Plumbing& Heating Technician can work independently or as a team to ensure that both the system and appliances are done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste. On completion of this apprenticeship, candidates will be able to carry out all the activities undertaken by a Plumber.

This course focuses on the complex planning and installation of specialised plumbing installations.

Units covered may include:

  • Health and safety
  • Core plumbing systems
  • Electrical components and control systems
  • Plumbing science and processes
  • Principles of environmental technology systems
  • Principles of fossil fuels
  • Customer service
  • Communication

Click here to view the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Standard for this course.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a range of practical tasks and an e-portfolio. The portfolio is made up of evidence gathered in the workplace in addition to some on-site assessments. You will also complete a range of multiple choice and written exams.

End-point assessment is the final stage that an apprentice goes through to complete their apprenticeship. The apprentice must demonstrate their learning to an independent end-point assessor and the grades available are distinction, merit, pass or fail.

Course Summary

Course Title Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSEs at grade 9 to 3 (A* to D), including English and Maths at a grade 4 and subject to a successful interview /initial assessment.

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