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Why Plumbing & Heating?

The plumbing industry is a key part of the UK’s construction industry. It’s a highly competitive field that employs skilled craftspeople and technicians who work with a wide range of materials and technologies. Plumbers must be familiar with everything from domestic boilers to advanced welding techniques to computerised control systems. From installing sanitation systems and servicing boilers to laying underground drainage pipes, plumbers work for the construction industry as well as for commercial and domestic clients.

Qualification and Level

Intermediate Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing & Heating.

Most candidates start on an Intermediate Apprenticeship and progress to the Advanced Level although the level may be determined by the role in the workplace and previous qualifications.

What will be studied

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating

Mandatory Units:

  • Health and Safety
  • Communicating with others within building services engineering
  • Environmental protection within building services engineering
  • Scientific principles in plumbing
  • Site preparation and pipework fabrication
  • Cold water system installation
  • Hot water system installation
  • Central heating system installation
  • Rainwater system installation
  • Above ground drainage installation
  • Apply safe working practices (work based)
  • Install and maintain domestic plumbing & heating systems (work based)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating

Mandatory Units:

  • Understand how to organise resources
  • Understand & carry out electrical work on domestic plumbing & heating systems
  • Understand & apply domestic cold water system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
  • Understand & apply domestic hot water system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
  • Understand & apply domestic central heating system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
  • Understand & apply domestic sanitation system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
  • Install, commission, service and maintain domestic plumbing & heating systems
  • Understand core gas safety principles for natural gas within domestic building services engineering
  • Specific core installation and maintenance
  • Install domestic gas water heaters and wet central heating appliances
  • Maintain gas water heating and wet central heating appliances
  • Install commission and decommission gas pipework in domestic and small commercial premises
  • Tightness test, purge, commission and decommission gas pipework in small natural gas installations
  • Tightness test, purge, commission and decommission gas pipework in small natural gas installations
  • LPG for fixed installations (domestic dwellings)
  • Unvented hot water systems
  • Water Regulations

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

In addition, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science. The Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) must be completed prior to staring the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) or have significant work experience.

Method of Delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release and work for their employer the rest of the time.

How is the qualification assessed?

For the NVQ Diploma you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, including a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.

Duration

The Intermediate Apprenticeship takes two years to complete. The Advanced Apprenticeship takes three years to complete.

What next?

Many learners progress from Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship. After achieving the Advanced Apprenticeship you may decide to move into a supervisory or management job within your company, or even to set up your own business.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:- Tel: 01904 770368 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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