Level 3 Plumbing
Construction & Construction Trades
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
If you wish to become a successful plumber/heating engineer and work in a prosperous industry, this course will equip you with the skills you need. Whether you want to work as part of a larger company or aspire to set up your own business, our plumbing courses will help you to reach your career goals. Gain the skills and confidence you need to fit, service and repair hot and cold water systems, central heating systems, bathroom suites and kitchens.
Why should I choose the course?
If you are a very practical person and enjoy working with resistance materials, this course is ideal for you. The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career within the plumbing industry. You will have the opportunity to study in our fully equipped construction facilities with well-kitted out, modern workshops. Working with industry-standard equipment will help prepare you for employment in this industry.
What will I learn?
This practical course covers a range of topics, including health and safety, complex cold water systems, energy efficiency and hot water systems, environmental awareness, central heating systems, and complex sanitation systems. Your progress will be continually assessed, and you will be given detailed feedback to ensure that you are able to develop your skills effectively. Assessment includes practical activities with written assessments. As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to carry out onsite work experience to build your skills, knowledge, and employability ready for your next step. You will be assessed continually throughout the course using a variety of methods.
What will the course lead on to?
With a booming construction industry and government initiatives aimed at installing renewable energy into all households, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in plumbing. Following successful completion of this course, there are several further training courses that you can undertake to expand and develop your skills in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and renewable energy.
Following successful completion of this qualification you will be able to progress into employment within the plumbing industry or perhaps even start your own business!
Are there any links with industry and university?
The college works with many local and national trades companies such as Aquila Plumbing, H20, and Ocean Bathrooms. You will hear from leading industry professionals, which will enhance your skills and prepare you for working life in this field. As well as inviting a range of industry experts to deliver talks on career progression, we also invite tool manufacturers to present the latest tools, ensuring that you are kept up to date with the latest equipment. Companies include Screwfix, MKM, Monument Tools and Nerrad Tools.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
During your time at the college, you will have the opportunity to take part in activities that will enrich your time here alongside your course. You can actively participate in activities to boost your skills in equality and diversity, confidence, leadership, teamwork, health and wellbeing, and self-motivation, which can all help to enhance your employability. Every year our plumbing students go on educational visits which enhance the learning process.
What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and/or maths, or you will need to have successfully completed a level 2 course. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in either your GCSE English or maths and you wish to study at level 3, you will be required to work towards achieving this as part of your qualification.
Irrespective of your GCSE results, most students will start at level 1 and learn basic skills before progressing through the levels.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
During this course, the equipment you will need to purchase includes:
- Suitable writing equipment including pens, paper, folders, and a calculator
- A navy polo t-shirt with the Warrington & Vale Royal College logo and plumbing embroidery
- Black cargo/work trousers
- Safety shoes or boot- rigger boots are not allowed
- The Plumbing Level 3 textbook, which costs approximately £30 for a new copy
A CSCS Card will also be needed for work placements, at a cost of £30.
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