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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This Apprenticeship Standard, which covers the work of a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician, is for people who have secured employment in the construction industry.  You will be expected to demonstrate competence in both the workplace and College, developing practical skills and job knowledge.

To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.

Entry requirements

You need GCSEs at grade C (4) and above, but previous experience in the industry will be considered.

Course Content

  • Selecting, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning, service, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair techniques
  • Installation and testing techniques for electrical components and control systems on plumbing and domestic heating systems
  • Taking responsibility for own work and safety and welfare of others
  • Maths and English

How will I be assessed?


This Standard will be assessed through an End-Point Assessment including:

  • Theory Test
  • Design Project
  • Practical Installation Test
  • Practical Application Test
  • Professional Discussion

Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer should provide you with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment.


What can I do after this course?

You can progress to supervisory or professional career routes or specialise in options such as gas, oil, solid fuel or environmental technologies.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Regional finalist Tom progresses to level 3 plumbing apprenticeship

Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.
Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice. In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.

He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained


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