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Plumbing (Level 3)

This study programme will provide you with the knowledge and theory you need to work in the plumbing industry.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • Plumbing & Heating at Level 2

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Maintaining a safe working environment
    • Planning complex domestic plumbing activities
    • Installing complex domestic plumbing systems and components
    • Commissioning and decommissioning complex domestic plumbing systems
    • Servicing and maintaining complex domestic plumbing system components
    • Maintaining effective plumbing working relationships
    • Contributing to the improvement of complex plumbing business products and services
    • Planning domestic plumbing gas systems work activities
    • Installing domestic plumbing gas systems and components
    • Systems involved in the above units are:
      • Cold water systems
      • Domestic hot water systems
      • Central heating systems
      • Above-ground discharge pipe work systems and connections to below-ground discharge pipe work systems
      • Electrical and earthing systems
      • Domestic gas
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed in site-simulated areas, by a number of multiple choice papers and one formal written assessment.


Plumbing Studies City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required
  • Health, Safety and Environment (CSCS) Test
Further study and career options

On successful completion you could progress on to employment as a qualified plumber in building, domestic, industry and commercial environments, where you could combine your job with part-time study at the College to gain an NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing.

Additional information

To undertake this study programme:

• You will be required to wear suitable safety footwear and overalls whilst in the workshop
• You will be required to pay £30 towards materials for you to complete this study programme

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre BKC121

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

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.