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Plumbing Advanced Technical Diploma level 3 – C0361

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Course Overview

You will develop advanced practical skills and underpinning job knowledge relating to the advanced design and plumbing systems. This is a move from how systems are installed to why systems are installed. This programme is designed to equip students with the latest skills and knowledge needed to carry out installations, servicing and maintenance within the industry.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The plumbing advanced technical diploma level 3 is a design system knowledge orientated learning programme. The level 3 programme has a number of mandatory units that in combination will develop practical knowledge and theoretical understanding, to enable students to apply higher-level skills. You will study modules in cold water systems, hot water systems, sanitation and central heating systems.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance in your last place of study or work. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 or above, plus two other GCSEs, one of which must be a science or technical based subject. You will also need to have successfully completed an appropriate level 2 plumbing programme.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications but must have previously completed a level 2 plumbing programme.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed throughout the programme by your tutors to check your learning and underpinning knowledge of the subjects you will be undertaking. Practical assessments will also be tutor designed formative assessments to assess progress throughout the year.

To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following City Guilds assessments:
One externally set, externally moderated assignment (practical assessment)
One externally set externally marked exam sat under examination conditions.
There is also an employer involvement element to this qualification that is required in order to achieve the Advanced Technical Diploma.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £3345.00

Additional Costs

The approximate combined cost for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and tool kit of £85. Previous Leicester College students may only require a top-up tool kit at a reduced cost. You will be advised what equipment is needed during the application process. There may be an additional examination registration fee of approximately £160 if applicable. Re-sits for applicable examinations are chargeable.

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

After this course, you may wish to continue onto a higher level qualification by studying for an HNC or HND in building engineering services. You could also apply for an apprenticeship to continue your learning. To gain qualified plumber status you will need to secure employment and complete an NVQ.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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