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T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction – Plumbing and Heating

T Levels in Building Services Engineering: Plumbing & Heating are at those wishing to work in the construction industry as a Plumber & Heating Engineer and are equivalent to three A-levels.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Construction - Electrical Installation
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
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T Levels in Building Services Engineering: Plumbing  & Heating are at those wishing to work in the construction industry as a Plumber & Heating Engineer and are equivalent to three A-levels. These two-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for working life.
The T Level in Building Services is a two-year course and offers students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
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You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen personal interest in pursuing a role in the Building Services Engineering for the Construction industry. Offer of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and a successful interview. You will need the following:
Level 2 Qualification in Plumbing (6035-02 or 8202-25) plus GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths.

T Level courses will feature a technical qualification, which will include:
Year 1 – Core theory: Construction Principles and Technology. Building Services Engineering systems, Maintenance principles, tools, equipment and materials.
Year 2 – Occupational Specialism: Installation tools and equipment, Scientific Principles, Plumbing & Heating systems, Installation Design, System Maintenance, Commissioning of Installations  

Every T Level will include an industry placement with an employer, focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. As part of your qualification employers will offer you the opportunity to work in the construction industry to apply your knowledge and enhance your technical skills within the work environment.

This course will be delivered on-site with classroom delivery and assignments / research projects will be set. 

You will need to purchase various items of equipment, including safety boots for workshop activities, classroom equipment and technical regulation books. The purchase of appropriate student books and e-books is encouraged and guidance on which books to purchase will be given by subject specialists. 

Students will be assessed through a mixture of externally set exams and projects. These will bring together all the key theories and practical skills that the students learn throughout their time at college and on work placement.
Year 1
Exam 1: BSE Paper 1 
Exam 2: BSE Paper 2
Year 1 is graded A*-E
Year 2
Employer-set project: Classroom-based assessment. The project is linked to the core skills including problem solving, research, communication and working collaboratively with others.

Occupational Specialism: Practical assignment where competencies are graded around a work-based scenario which are assessed across 3 tasks. 
• Planning the installation
• Installation, commissioning and decommissioning
• Carrying out maintenance

Students who pass all the elements of their T Level will gain a nationally recognised certificate showing an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. It will also detail what students have achieved on the course for each component.

This course allows for progression to the appropriate Level 4 or 5 in Professional Construction qualification.
Alternatively, and with employment in a qualifying role, progression into a formal apprenticeship in the appropriate specialist pathway could be possible.

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 20, 2024 1:20 pm