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Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course is for school leavers and adults working within the trade.

Successful students tend to:
• have practical skills and good hand skills 
• be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions 
• be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
• have good communication skills
• be able to work quickly and neatly
• enjoy working with others

Course content

Much of the coursework is practical, working in the Plumbing department and on site to become a competent plumber. Theory is covered in order to assist and support the practical work. Flexible learning techniques are used to deliver theory, which include learning packages, group work, projects/assignments, demonstrations and videos.

All students will study the following:
You will study a Level 3 N.V.Q in Plumbing (City & Guilds), Functional Skills 1 or 2 and Employers Rights and Responsibilities.

Areas covered include:
(Level 3 N.V.Q in Plumbing)

• Safe working environment 
• Effective plumbing working relationships
• Contribute to the improvement of plumbing business products and services
• Plan complex domestic plumbing work activities
• Install complex domestic plumbing systems and components
• Commission and decommission complex domestic plumbing systems

(Functional Skills)

• Level 1 or 2 Mathematics
• Level 1 or 2 Communication
• Level 1 or 2 Information Technology

All students must purchase the relevant kit prior to starting the course. Costs will be discussed at the enrolment and during the college induction.
Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college.
Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times.
Mobile phones must not be accessed in classrooms and workshops unless permission has been sought from the course coordinator.
If the above is not adhered to you will be asked to leave the lesson.

Entry requirements

• Candidates must hold a recognised NVQ and Technical qualification at Level 2
• Be in employment within the trade


• Assessment is via multiple choice examination and practical tests
• Portfolio of knowledge
• On site assessment

Future opportunities

This course is designed to open up the world of Construction to students either as a continuing student. Career progression opportunities include:

  • Gas
  • Heating engineer
  • Higher education
  • HNC
  • Self employment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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