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Plumbing/Heating Level 3 Apprenticeship at Wigan & Leigh College

Course description

Candidates must be able to provide a significant amount of work-based evidence to be successful. Generally studied as part of an apprenticeship, NVQ Level 2 is recognised by the Plumbing Industry as the minimum qualification for skilled operatives.

Course content

Modules include: Safety in Plumbing, Key Plumbing Principles, Common Plumbing Processes, Cold Water Systems, Domestic Hot Water Systems, Sanitation, Central Heating, Electrical Supply and Earth, Sheet Lead Work, Environmental Awareness and Effective Working Relationships.

Entry requirements

You must be employed in the plumbing industry, have GCSE grades A-C in Mathematics and English (or pass a pre-test) and have a successful interview.


By continuous external and internal assessment, and completion of a portfolio containing work/college based evidence.

Financial information

Courses are free for 16-19 year olds. For further information contact our Student Services team on 01942 761609.

Future opportunities

Progression to NVQ and Technical Certificate at Level 3 in Plumbing.

Further information

As part of your course you may study towards Key Skills at the appropriate level. Personal Protective Equipment equipment is required for workshop environment.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017

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