Plumbing Advanced (Level 3)
This study programme will provide you with the knowledge and theory you need to work in the plumbing industry.
I wanted a practical, hands-on job and Plumbing seemed like a really good option. I like all the practical aspects of the course, such as having to design and then build an unvented air cupboard.
I’m the only girl on the course, but it’s not been a problem for me. Everyone treats you like a young adult at College and most people are there because they want to be there, so the atmosphere is much better than at school.
The tutors know what they’re talking about because a lot of them have been working in the plumbing industry for a long time, so they’re not just teaching you from a text book, but adding their own experiences to the lessons.
We’re based at the Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre and the facilities are very good. We have workshops that include airing cupboard spaces, a steel pipe area, an unvented hot water training area and an integrated gas assessment centre. We’ve also got all the equipment we need such as gas cookers, fires, boilers, heaters and other domestic appliances.
I’ve learnt a good trade and I definitely think my time has been well spent here. In fact, I’d like to stay on at College and study for a Foundation Degree in Building Services, as my long term plan is to become a Building Design Consultant.
Kayleigh - Plumbing Level 3
Entry requirementsTo begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 1 Year
- Plumbing City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills
- Subject units:
- Maintaining a safe working environment
- Planning complex domestic plumbing activities
- Installing complex domestic plumbing systems and components
- Commissioning and decommissioning complex domestic plumbing systems
- Servicing and maintaining complex domestic plumbing system components
- Maintaining effective plumbing working relationships
- Contributing to the improvement of complex plumbing business products and services
- Planning domestic plumbing gas systems work activities
- Installing domestic plumbing gas systems and components
- Systems involved in the above units are:
- Cold water systems
- Domestic hot water systems
- Central heating systems
- Above-ground discharge pipe work systems and connections to below-ground discharge pipe work systems
- Electrical and earthing systems
- Domestic gas
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications
You will be continually assessed in site-simulated areas, by a number of multiple choice papers and one formal written assessment.
Plumbing Studies City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
Further study and career options
On successful completion you could progress on to employment as a qualified plumber in building, domestic, industry and commercial environments, where you could combine your job with part-time study at the College to gain an NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing.
You will be required to wear suitable safety footwear and overalls whilst in the workshop. You will be required to pay £30 towards materials for you to complete this study programme.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.