Level 3 plumbing Apprenticeships

Plumbing and Heating (6189-31) Level 3Diploma Duration

Plumbing And Heating (6189-31) is a two year course with attendance at college for 1 day per week for 35 weeks per year known as day release. Some Blocks may be required due to the learning hours involved. These would need to eb taken for the Electrical unit and the gas units.


This qualification covers all the essential knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in as a fully qualified domestic plumbing and heating. If you have a level 2 certificate then you will automatically be enrolled. This is taught at our Northampton Centre, which is located with strong transport links with Birmingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Peterborough, Coventry, Corby, Wellingborough, Kettering, Rushden and Daventry. Situated with in a short drive from the M1, M6, A14 and a 10 min walk from the new train station getting to EAS could not be easier.


  • Maintaining a safe working environment, as well as effective plumbing working relationships
  • Contributing to the improvement of plumbing business products and services
  • Installing, servicing and maintaining complex domestic plumbing systems and components
  • Commissioning and decommissioning complex domestic plumbing system
  • Hot and cold water systems
  • Above ground discharge pipework system
  • Central heating systems i.e. boilers and controls
  • Gas supply systems
  • Sustainable solar panels 

You can opt for Gas or Sustainable Routes as part of the framework. With so many colleges closing down their Gas centre we would assume Gas to be the best option for all at the moment.

You will collect evidence from work and produce a portfolio, to prove you have the skills.

Functional Skills

Functional Skills may be required for some candidates who have reached the end of the terms for framework. Ie- GCSE exams are now more than 5 years old.

The Functional Skills required for the Plumbing Framework are:

  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT

The Functional Skills are completed by a portfolio of evidence and an exam (depending on your GCSE grades).  If you completed the Level 1 or 2programme you may not need to complete these at Level 3.

Teaching Methods

The programme is college based and you will be required to attend theory and practical lessons.


The assessments consist of on-line tests to be completed and passed at the end of each unit. There will also be a practical task manual to be completed in the workshop throughout the year.

Opportunities for Progression

Level 4 programmes

Funding / Costs

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24)

Grants of £1,500 are available to help small employers offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme.
It is expected that most employers will want to access AGE16 to 24 to support the recruitment of one apprentice. However subject to budget availability and the employer's commitment to support the apprentice to the end of their programme, up to 3 grants can be made to any one employer.
The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.

Onsite assessments - Free

Need help with work placements? Please follow our links page to put yourself on our database along with BEST's.

Employers who fancy a deal? As a thank you we will offer free Water Regulation course to employers who trust us with training their apprentice. Please contact us for more details.

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