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Plumbing Diploma Level 3

Level 3 - Advanced

Plumbing Diploma Level 3

This course is ideal if you have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies and would like to develop your plumbing skills and knowledge further. This course will develop your skills in the trade and support you to gain employment in the industry.

You will study topics like health and safety, environmental technology systems, plumbing system installation planning, complex cold water systems, domestic hot water, sanitation and drainage systems, central heating systems and domestic gas principles.  You will also be encouraged to find a work experience placement whilst on this programme; the college has a Job shop facility that can offer support, such as CV writing and interview techniques.




James Watt College



* Courses are free for 16-18s. Students aged 19 or over could be charged fees and is subject to a fee assessment. Learners on benefits in the majority of cases courses are also free. Fee assessments are completed at enrolment.

Course Length: 35 Weeks

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English and Science level 4 or above, and a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing. You will also need at least 65% in BPEC Test – this will be taken at interview.

You will also be asked to attend an interview.

You will be expected to have 100% attendance, 100% punctuality and homework completed and submitted timely.

The course consists of 50% theory which will be delivered and supported by our interactive learning package (Moodle) with course notes and handouts. The other 50% of the course involves a series of ‘hands-on’ practical tasks with practical assessments to produce course work evidence. You will be assessed by practical assessment throughout the course and GOLA (on-line) multiple choice examinations.

For level 3 plumbing courses the following items must be provided by the learner:

Water Regulations Guide ISBN 978-1-3999-0764-4 – The Water Regulation Guide is an essential part of a Plumbers toolkit, as such, from the first week of the course tutors require that learners refer to this document.  The book is reference material, and it is essential ALL learners obtain a copy because it can be referred to during internal assessments and formal exams. During the sixth week of the course learners will be assessed on their understanding of this document, the result of that assessment will contribute towards the tutor’s determination as to whether a learner will remain on the course after the sixth week.

City & Guilds Plumbing book 1 ISBN 978-1398361614 – The City & Guilds Plumbing book 2 will equip level 3 learners with the tools for success in a career as a plumber. (Not essential).

Site Safety Boots – Site Safety Boots are essential part of a Plumbers PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), from the first week of the course this equipment must be worn in the workshop and other construction areas.

Other Classroom Equipment – From week one – learners must provide the following to enable participation in electrical design and electrical science:

1) Scientific Calculator

2) Helix 300mm Metric Triangular Scale Ruler

3)Helix Oxford Maths Set

4) Pencils and Pens (Grey, Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Brown)

5) Eraser

6) Pencil Sharpener

7) Note Pad

Learners are not allowed to use mobile phones during exams and must provide their own scientific calculator.

On successful completion of all the City & Guilds modules, together with the associated functional skills element, could progress to an apprenticeship or employment.

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