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Advanced Apprenticeship Plumbing and Heating - Gas fired water and Central Heating route at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

The course develops the work areas covered at Level 2 and progresses to more complex and advanced topics, consisting of both practical and technology sessions. The practical work is assessed in our workshop during simulated work situations and in your place of work. Subjects covered will include cold and hot water systems, sanitation systems, central heating systems including boilers and controls wiring and gas supply systems.

Course content

The course develops the work areas which were covered at Level 2 and progresses to more complex and advanced topics, and consists of both practical and technology sessions. The practical work is assessed in our workshop during simulated work situations and in your place of work. The basic course covers ten compulsory core units (009, 010 and 016-023) plus the sheet lead option units (032-035). The gas option (024-027) is available following successful completion of the above units at an additional cost. The Gas ACS unit is assessed in the assessment centre and will require additional attendance. All of the practical aspects of this course will be demonstrated by the fully qualified and experienced staff, whilst all students/trainees will be have the chance to practice the required skills. The underpinning knowledge will be taught by various methods in well-equipped classrooms and resource centres.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be at least 16 years old at the start of the apprenticeship, with either 3 GCSEs at grade A*-C or have already completed a relevant NVQ/Diploma at Level 2, possibly as a Level 2 Apprentice. To enter this programme you will need to show enthusiasm, commitment and interest in the subject area and be employed in the industry. Applicants who do not have a GCSE grade C in English and Maths will work towards these during the Apprenticeship.

Assessment

Assessment is through written and online CGLI examinations. Coursework is assessed regularly throughout the course and monitored by internal and external verifiers. A portfolio of evidence will be built up by the student for assessment by the External Verifier. Assessment of the ACS Gas unit will be carried out in the assessment centre and will require separate attendance.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this Apprenticeship will enhance your career prospects within the industry, including possible advancement into supervisory positions.

Further information

National Vocational Qualifications are work related qualifications which are based on your ability to do a particular job at a certain standard. They provide clear evidence of skills and experience to potential employers. In order to achieve a NVQ you have to demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge to an assessor. NVQs can be studied at five levels from basic to managerial skills. There is also a required amount of support needed from the employer to gain evidence in the workplace to enable support of the student in building their work based portfolio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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    • The Burslem campus of Stoke on Trent College houses the following subject areas:

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      Plumbing, Electrical Installation and Gas Services