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Plumbing & Domestic Heating Apprenticeship Level 3

This qualification will allow learners to gain all of the skills and qualifications required for a career in the Plumbing and Heating industry. Learners will progress towards a final End Point Assessment (EPA) across 48 months on the programme. During this time, they will gain the skills and knowledge required to allow them to work on a broad range of domestic plumbing and heating tasks. As part of this, they will also work towards gas safe registration, water regulations qualification and unvented hot water qualifications.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3, including English and maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths, or equivalent.​

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health and safety systems
  • Common processes and techniques
  • Scientific principles
  • Planning and supervision
  • Cold water systems
  • Hot water systems
  • Central heating systems
  • Rainwater systems
  • Sanitation systems
  • Environmental technology systems
  • Domestic fuel systems
  • Electrical work and the control of plumbing and domestic heating systems
  • Install, commission, service and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems
  • Specific domestic core safety for natural gas
  • Install and maintain gas water heating and wet central heating appliances

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via the following methods: Multiple Choice Exams, Design Assignments, Practical Assessments, End Point Assessment.


You will gain the following qualification:

Plumbing & Domestic Heating Plan Standard – ST 0303

Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you could go on to study towards a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Building Services.

Future careers: Entry to the Competent Persons Scheme in gas, water and unvented hot water and work within the industry.

Additional information

You will be required to wear PPE boots and overalls or company issue clothing.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
48 months Flexible 1 day a week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre ST0303

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.