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Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeship at York College

Course description

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.

Course content

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 and carry out electrical work on domestic plumbing and heating systems
Understand and apply domestic cold water system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
Understand and apply domestic hot water system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
Understand and apply domestic central heating system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
Understand and apply domestic sanitation system installation, commissioning, service and maintenance techniques
Install, commission, service and maintain domestic plumbing and 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
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)

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 
In addition, for the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science. The Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) must be completed prior to starting the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) or you must have significant work experience.

Assessment

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 online tests.

Future opportunities

Many students progress from the Apprenticeship to the 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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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