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Plumbing Apprenticeship at Bromley College of Further & Higher Education

Course description

Apprenticeships for occupations in the Plumbing and Heating Industry are designed to meet the industry's competence requirements.

At Intermediate Level you will be involved in

  • the installation or service and maintenance of plumbing systems eg baths, pipework, drains, radiators and heating systems.

Then at Advanced Level you may also work with

  • gas/solid fuel boilers
  • Environmental Technologies eg Solar Thermal
  • Ground/Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Water Harvesting etc

Successful completion of the Intermediate Level framework equips an apprentice with the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills and procedures to complete well defined tasks and address straightforward problems.

They include taking responsibility for completing tasks and procedures, and exercising autonomy and judgement subject to overall direction or guidance.

Successful candidates then have the option to further develop their skills, knowledge and competence by progressing onto the Advanced Level framework.

Course content

Qualifications and Units

Delivery model

In-house training will take place one day a week.  Learners will work towards an NVQ level 2.  The Standards for the competencies have been set by the awarding body.

Evidence must be provided of ability to successfully perform a series of practical tasks throughout the course. The evidence can be collected at work, or by way of the realistic working environment at college. The teaching strategies suit a wide range of learning styles - they include ILT (Information learning technology), classroom based delivery, practical tasks, simulated I.L.T. and workshop tasks.


Delivery information

Course will be delivered within the college 1 day a week.  This will include 2 Theory and 2 practical sessions over 2 years.

You will also complete a work based portfolio of evidence within the workplace.


Functional Skills


Functional Skills in Communication

Functional Skills in Mathematics

Functional Skills in Information Communication Technology (ICT)


Delivery models

Functional skills will be delivered within the college on the day the learner attends for his Theory and Practical sessions.

Exams will be completed outside of term time. Additional Sessions may also be held outside of term time to complete this element of the course.

Learners can be exempt from these if they can provide certificates proving that they have a GSCE A-C in the above subjects (dated within last 5 years)


Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

This is covered within the Theory sessions of the course and requires no additional work.


Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

The six Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills will be achieved and demonstrated  while completing the qualifications above:

Formal recognition of PLTS achievement will be provided in the form of a certificate upon framework completion.

These are:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self management
  • Effective participation

Entry requirements

  • Must be employed in the a suitable job role and environment for a minimum of 30 hours a week and be able to attend college one day a week.
  • Compulsory attendance at a college interview day with assessment in English, Mathematics to assess suitability to study a level 2 course


Training providers and employers will use initial assessment to identify prior learning and experience so that they can tailor the Apprentice’s Individual Learning Plan only.

Employers may use a separate interview or application process to assess an individual’s suitability for employment with the health.

Initial assessments will be completed by the college at Initial advise and guidance stage.

Financial information

To enrol onto this Apprenticeship, potential apprentices will need a contract of employment, working  in a relevant electrical role for at least 30 hours a week and also be paid the National Apprenticeship minimum wage or above (£2.73 per hour).

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this Apprenticeship you could work as a qualified Plumber.  

There may be further opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Level Apprenticehip  qualification for this industry.

Further information

Job roles suitable for

Anyone working within a suitable job role as an apprentice Plumber

Apprenticeships are now seen as valuable as degrees, combining both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace and your chosen career.  Some of the main benefits for apprentices include:

  • Earn a salary
  • Receive on the job training
  • Gain a national recognised and industry standard qualification
  • Learn job specific skills
  • Get paid holidays
  • Great prospects

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bromley College of Further & Higher Education directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2016
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