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Plumbing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This apprenticeship is an advanced plumbing course covering all design aspects of the plumbing industry, as well as complex installations, sanitation, drainage, system design, business products and services, and renewable resources. It is ideal if you are working within the plumbing and heating trade and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You will work with minimum supervision and have a good record of safety, fault correction and ensuring that work meets the required standard. On successful completion, you will gain the industry recognised qualification for domestic Plumbing and Heating engineers.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need a Plumbing & Heating City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma plus Functional Skills Level 2 Maths/ English and Level 1 ICT or GCSE A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Building services engineering
  • Complex cold water
  • Complex hot water
  • Complex central heating
  • Electrical installations
  • Sanitation
  • Onsite commissioning Solar Pathway:
  • Environmental principles
  • Solar exam
  • Installation
  • Commissioning exam

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through nine exams, seven practical assignments completed in College and one portfolio of on-site work completed and assessed in the workplace.


You will gain the following qualification:

Domestic Plumbing and Heating City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Diploma

Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you could go on to study towards a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Building Services.

Future careers: You will be able to take a number of commercial courses to help you move into a career in the industry, including Gas Foundation and an Energy Efficiency course.

Additional information

You will be required to wear PPE boots and overalls or company issue clothing.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 01/09/2019 In College – 1 day per week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre C705


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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