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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 3345.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for the plumbing trade.  Featuring in-depth theory and specialist practical learning, it is designed for learners who are independent, committed and wish to advance in the industry.

While the course is for those who want to work as plumbers in the building services engineering sector, it should be noted that it does not make them fully qualified plumbers or plumbing and heating engineers.

As well as practical know-how, learners develop their skills in maths and English, which will support their main programme of study, help their future progression and enhance their life skills.

Entry requirements

All learners will undertake an interview and a pre-assessment test in order to gain entry to this course.  You will also need to hold a Level 2 qualification in Plumbing and GCSE English and Maths at grade C Higher or above.

Course Content

The course allows you to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the plumbing and heating sector.

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will be assessed via on-demand multiple choice tests - available through the City & Guilds e-assessment platform, e-volve - and via practical assignments.

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You should provide Personal Protective Equipment.  You may be entitled to financial support, depending on your circumstances.

What can I do after this course?

The course allows candidates to progress into employment or to the City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.

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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Ryan Pearch

Ryan Pearch

Former apprentice plumber Ryan aims to give a start to “people like me”

Self-employed plumber Ryan Pearch is hoping to kick-start the careers of Derby College apprentices just like himself a decade ago. College Peak Award winner Ryan took Level 2 Plumbing as a full-time course and Level 3 part-time as an apprentice.    
But his job did not offer training in gas work, which meant he found himself dropping behind his fulltime Level 3 counterparts. It was through a combination of Ryan’s personal commitment and the support of his lecturers – “brilliant, every one of them’’ – that he passed all of his modules.  
 He is now hoping to expand his business Pearch Plumbing & Heating to “employ people like me."    
Ryan has been self-employed for a year after gaining further qualifications and experience in the industry. He said: “We’re really, really, busy. I do boilers, floor heating, bathrooms, kitchens…everything to do with plumbing in the house.  
The plan is to get bigger and to take people on – and hopefully employ people like me, who are looking for a job as an apprenticeship.”

Level 3 is all about gas and that meant the other students were doing it day in and day out but I wasn’t because my job didn’t operate in that area.


I asked for extra work to do at home and the college was helpful with that. Phil Stone was the lecturer and he was really good. In fact, the lecturers were brilliant, every one of them. 


The courses were excellent for me and it was nice to receive the recognition of a Derby College Peak Award.”

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