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Start Date: 2 September 2024
Attendance: Full Time
Location: Tottenham Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers, Adults
Duration: 1 Year
Level: Level 3

ABOUT THE COURSE

This qualification is for you if you are a 16-19 year old learner, who wishes to work as a plumber in the building services industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of occupational skills and provide a platform from which to progress through further learning or into employment. This vocational route at level 3 is a vital step towards becoming a competent plumber. 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the plumbing sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as:

  • Working safely and effectively 
  • Principles of environmental technology systems
  • Cold water system planning and design
  • Hot water system planning and design
  • Domestic central heating systems planning and design 

We will work with local employers who will contribute to the knowledge and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry and where possible work placements will also be provided by the employers. This practically based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the plumbing industry or specialist further study.

WHAT WILL I NEED?

You will need:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies for progressing learners

or

  • Grand 3 in GCSE English and Maths

If you are a 16-19 learner and have not met the English and Maths Level 2 requirements you will be expected to attend English and Maths classes as part of your study program.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is designed around assessment outcomes which are delivered with a blend of theory and practical. There are 2 synoptic exams which are externally set and marked, one being a system design exam and the other an online exam covering the range of learning outcomes delivered across the duration of the course.

The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the plumbing sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as:

  • Working safely and effectively
  • Principles of environmental technology systems
  • Cold water system planning and design
  • Hot water system planning and design
  • Domestic central heating systems planning and design

WHAT WILL IT COST?

School Leavers


If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August prior to the start date of your course and you have the legal right to remain in the UK for the duration of your programme then your study with us will be free. Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

Adults - Level 3

If you will be aged 19 to 23 prior to the start date of your course, and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for a Level 3 entitlement, in which case your study with us will be free. If you are older, or already have a Level 3, we have many other Level 3 courses that are also free to study. Otherwise, you will have to pay the fees yourself or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.

Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.

The course is free for 16-19 and for progressing learners from Level 2 to Level 3. As an adult this could be a free course if its your first full recognised Level 3 course.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?

This technical qualification focuses on the development of knowledge and practical skills needed for working in the Plumbing industry, and will prepare you to enter a plumbing apprenticeship programme. On completion of the apprenticeship, the learner will be recognised by the industry as a competent plumbing and domestic heating engineer.

MEET SOME OF THE TEACHERS

Robin Kumar Das

Robin's educational journey began when they enrolled in an FE college to attain qualifications in mathematics and English. These foundational skills opened doors for them that they had never thought possible. With renewed confidence, Robin ventured into the field of construction, where they acquired the skills necessary to build their very own home.

However, Robin's thirst for knowledge and passion for plumbing led them back to the same local FE college that had provided them with my initial educational foundation. It was there that Robin embarked on a new path to become a plumber. The college not only equipped Robin with the technical expertise they needed but also ignited a desire to share their knowledge with others.

In time, Robin achieved a remarkable milestone in their journey— Robin became a plumbing teacher at the very same FE college that had played such a pivotal role in their life. This career change allowed Robin to inspire and guide others on their educational and vocational journeys, just as the college had done for them.

But Robin's impact didn't stop there. they encouraged their daughter, wife, and sister to follow in their footsteps and explore the world of plumbing. Each one took a unique path: one pursued a PhD in physics, another established her own successful plumbing business, and the third became a skilled plumbing technician. Their diverse achievements underscore the incredible range of opportunities that an FE college can provide.


The teachers listed may change, these shown are an example of the teachers who teach on these programmes.

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