Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing & Domestic Heating

Course Code: 170YMASA

This apprenticeship has been designed to develop the apprentice into the role of a plumber and domestic heating technician and to provide them with the technical knowledge and behaviours they require to be successful on this role.

You will gain the following skills as part of your apprenticeship:
•    carry out a range of job tasks including measuring, marking out, fitting, installing, maintaining and repair or replacing a range of plumbing components
•    install three different pipework systems on two separate occasions
•    permanently or temporarily decommission two separate pipework systems
•    design the installation, arrange materials, equipment and labour and subsequently commission of two pipework system installation (second year)
•     commissioning and testing of plumbing and electrical control systems
•    industry competence in water regulations, unvented hot water systems and gas installation and use to meet approved competent persons scheme
•    use, maintain and store hand tools, power tools and associated equipment.


  • Highbury Northarbour Centre

  • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

  • Please contact us for further information


  • Highbury Northarbour Centre

  • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

  • Please contact us for further information

This apprenticeship is ideal for those who have an interest in plumbing and gas but have no or little formal training. A site plumber will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building systems/appliances, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities

Apprentices must have access to real work which is valid and productive, providing opportunities to develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills that have been learned. The employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentices working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities such as online learning, mentoring, role play, attendance to competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework.
36 Months (24mths Onsite Only*)
An apprentices build a portfolio of work and work-place assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for the apprentice to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer.

Apprentices and employers will be enrolled on our award-winning e-Portfolio system “OneFile” to enable both parties to upload evidence of learning and to track progression through the programme

Once the apprentices has completed their Level 3 National Occupational Standard as a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician and any needed Maths and English, they will then be independently assessed on a knowledge assessment and practical skills assessment which will be graded at a Pass (50% - 65%), Merit (61% - 79%) or Distinction (80% - 100%) grade.

End Point Assessment – at an independent centre

Knowledge Test – 50 Questions / 90 Minutes to complete. Questions will vary and cover H&S, Plumbing and heating science processes, Environmental and energy efficient working practices, Plumbing and Heating Systems, team working, effective communications, logical thinking and team working

Design Project (Applied Knowledge Assessment) – taking 7 hours’ duration, in an assessment centre. Building plans are provided to the apprentice with a job specification, manufacturer’s information and data, British Standards, and regulations. The apprentice is asked to complete a heating, hot water and cold-water design capable of meeting the job specification.

The apprentice will then produce:
• design criteria
• completed fabric heat loss
• heating pipework sizing
• hot and cold-water pipe and component sizing
• final layout plans
• materials list
• merchant order

The performance element has two components: the Practical Installation Test and the Practical Application Test.
Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating
Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (1999)
DHWSS (Unvented Hot Water installation)
Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Standard
In order to join this programme, apprentices will need
• maths & English GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 and provide certificates.

If the potential apprentice does not have the required GCSE / Functional Skills grades or cannot provide their certificates, they will have to complete a maths & English assessment to judge suitability. The potential apprentice will not be able to achieve their apprenticeship without completing the above maths & English qualification.
Apprentices who complete this programme can progress on to a Level 4 site management or a different construction course/apprenticeship.

Fee guidance


One of the great aspects of an apprenticeship is that no matter how old you are there are no fees for you to pay, all the fees are either covered by the Government or your Employer. Feel free to call a member of the Apprenticeship team on 023932 383131 Option 1.

General fee guidance (not including Apprenticeships)


  • 19+ Tuition Fee indicates the cost of the core tuition and materials required to complete the qualification.
  • 19+ Registration Fee indicates the cost to register with the awarding body.

For more information, please contact the College on 02392 383 131.

Courses below Level 3

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are unemployed and in receipt of certain government benefits
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are applying for a course Level 2 or below and do not already hold a full Level 2 qualification

If you are aged 19 over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are not in the above categories then you will usually pay the advertised fee.

Courses Level 3 and above

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and do not already hold a Full level 3 qualification

Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re 19 or older, you may be able to apply for a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course. The programme must be at Level 3 or Level 4 (such as Access). You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295 a year.

For more information or to apply please contact 0845 240 2024 or visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

If you’re unsure about taking out a loan and want to seek advice then you’ll have the opportunity to do so. If you want advice on managing your finances, the Money Advice Service, established by the UK government, can offer free, impartial money advice. Visit their website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Students who are not ordinarily resident in the UK should contact Highbury College to discuss unfunded fees.

Please note: The College reserves the right to change the fees before the start of the course, such a course of action will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Terms and conditions


In these terms and conditions, the ‘Student’ signifies a person who has applied or enrolled on any type of learning provision offered through Highbury College. These terms apply to all website applications and once enrolled, the Student is deemed to have accepted these terms. Before you apply or enrol please be sure that you're clear about:

  • the level of study
  • the time you'll need
  • how the course fits into your qualification and career development plans
  • the resources you'll need access to
  • your payment options
  • the financial support available to you
  • the English language requirements for your study
  • whether your study plans are appropriate for your country of residence


Relevant proceedings or ciminal convictions are only against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature or offences involving unlawfully controlled drugs or substances.  Failure to declare information may result in disclipinary action being taken. If yes, please seek supplementary information from the college before completing.


You may not be required to pay fees, be eligible for a loan or have financial assistance. For more information please contact our Information Services team on 02392 383131 or click here.

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At Highbury College we are committed to fairness and equality of access, opportunity and outcome for all students.

We expect everyone who learns and works with us to treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of individual differences in age, gender, gender identity, race, background, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

We aim to provide students with the best possible support. We explain more about the range of our services in our Disability Statement, available on our website and in our centres.

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We want you to enjoy learning with us. If there is anything you wish to tell us, e.g. relating to a disability or medical condition, that may affect your learning or using any of our facilities, please contact the Head of Student Services on 02392 32 8950

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Course Fees

Current prices are published in our brochure and on the website. These prices are subject to change. The total price quoted is the amount payable in order to secure a course place. The total price includes tuition costs, examination fees, where applicable and in some cases, additional costs which relate to the particular course.

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Courses usually run as advertised, but Highbury College reserves the right to alter or cancel courses in some cases. Students will be contacted and offered an alternative course if the original course they enrolled on is cancelled or closed by Highbury College. If no suitable alternative is available a refund can be requested.

Cancellation / Transfer Requests from Students

If a Student has enrolled via the Highbury website and wishes to cancel an enrolment or transfer to a different course they should contact Highbury College by emailing: info@highbury.ac.uk or by contacting the Advice and Guidance Team on 02392 38 3131 Option4.

Students will not be entitled to a refund unless the withdrawal from the course is due to exceptional circumstances (evidence maybe required) and then refunds will only be permitted if the withdrawal is within the first third of the course duration. A minimum charge of £50.00 will apply in any event.

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  • Highbury Northarbour Centre

  • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

  • Please contact us for further information

Qualification gained

  • Generic code to identify ILR programme aims