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Level 3 Plumbing at East Sussex College

Course description

During this advanced course you will learn a range of advanced skills in plumbing which will provide a great foundation for your career or to go on to specialise in new technologies.

Course content

You will be able to fine tune your skills in plumbing to understand complex systems and installations. You will learn about the principles and requirements of environmental technology systems, understand system installation planning and increase your knowledge in complex water systems. You will also learn about domestic gas principles which will open a pathway for you to train in Gas Installation. There will also be an opportunity to improve your employability skills during work expereince placements before you head off and start your career as a plumber. Units during the course include:

  • Health and safety in building services engineering
  • Principles and requirements of environmental technology systems
  • Plumbing system installation planning
  • Complex cold water systems
  • Hot water systems
  • Sanitation and drainage systems
  • Central heating systems
  • Domestic gas principles

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: Level 2 Certificate in Plumbing Studies and GCSE's A*-C or equivalent qualification in English and maths and successful completion of the course aptitude test and interview.


Assessments will take place throughout the duration of the course. Practical tasks will make up 50% of the assessment and 50% will be made up of exams. Accuracy and being able to complete tasks within a set time constraint are essential for successful completion. Constructive feedback from your tutor will also help you to improve and progress towards recognised industrial standards.

Financial information

A range of specified PPE and a basic plumbing tool set will be required for this course and will cost approximately £120.

The PPE required will consist of safety boots, work trousers, navy/black polo shirt, gloves, hi-vis vest and safety glasses. There are also a number of opportunities throughout the year for various construction related trips which may also incur a cost.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you will be highly skilled and well prepared to start your career in the industry or you may choose to study our higher level courses in Construction and the Built Environment HND.

There are a number of career opportunities available to you including working as a Plumber, a Heating Engineer, an Air-conditioning and refrigeration systems engineer, or a Site Manager.

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: 06 December 2018
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