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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating is a qualification for anyone wanting to progress as a Plumber or Heating Engineer with gas and unvented hot water discipline.

On the job training is structured and agreed with your employer to ensure you learn the right skills over 4 working days.

Off the job training is arranged for you at college. You will complete this training on day release basis.

Any functional skills needed will also be programmed into this day. More information can be found on the City and Guilds website

Subject to approval, this may change into a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard and will take 4 years to complete.

Entry requirements

For this Apprenticeship you will preferably need 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English and ICT, as well as a Level 2 NVQ in Plumbing.

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant environment for the duration of the Apprenticeship.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Amongst other key principles covered, the Apprenticeship will include;

  • Understand and carry out electrical work on domestic plumbing and
    heating systems and components
  • Service and maintain domestic gas appliances
  • Install, commission unvented hot water systems
  • Know the requirements to install, commission and handover rain water
    harvesting and grey water reuse systems.
What next

Upon completion you can progress as a Heating and Ventilating Engineer or progress onto a Level 4 HNC in Building Studies at Darlington College or a HNC in Building Services Engineering.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is fully funded for those aged 16-18, however there may be an employer contribution for those aged 19+. Employers needing further details on costs and available government funding options should contact the Business Development Team on 01325 503210 or email

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.