Level 3 Diploma Plumbing

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3345, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of plumbing, and will help you gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in this sector.

You will have practical training in our industry standard workshops where you will gain both hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge.
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This course aims to provide learners with the theoretical and practical skills required to work within the plumbing sector.


  • Understand and Apply Domestic Cold Water System Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • Understand How to Organise Resources within BSE
  • Understand and Apply Domestic Hot Water System Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • Understand and Apply Domestic Central Heating System Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • Understand and Carry Out Electrical Work on Domestic Plumbing and Heating Systems and Components
  • Understand and Apply Domestic Sanitation System Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques.

You will have a weekly tutorial, take part in course enrichment activities, and study maths and English.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


Practical 6.5 hrs
Theory 6.5 hrs
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete six online examinations and six practical portfolio units.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Our links with industry allow you to gain knowledge from guest speakers, visits to industry, and local and national plumbing competitions.


You will be given the opportunity to work with plumbing and heating company D J McGough, to gain hands-on experience and develop your skills.

You could progress to an apprenticeship to gain experience of working in the industry.

Meet our students

Christopher Wood CS

Christopher Wood

Christopher chose to complete the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plumbing with New College Durham due to the colleges' good reputation for construction training.

Nicola gaffney CS

Nicola Gaffney

Former plumbing student Nicola used her skills and knowledge she gained at college to launch her own business, Petite Heat Plumbling and Heating Services.

Neil Armstrong CS

Neil Armstrong

After completing the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing, Neil secured a full-time position with the same employer, Frank Ord & Son Ltd.

Ethan Bond CS

Ethan Bond

Ethan enjoyed his college experience as he was treated like an adult.  He has now secured a plumbing apprenticeship with TW Steam & Heating

What else?

You will need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans, have excellent customer care skills, good at solving problems,
excellent practical skills and an aptitude for maths, engineering and science.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase boots and overalls.

Interview Instructions

To assess your suitability to the course, you will have an interview with a member of the curriculum team and undertake initial assessments in literacy, numeracy and practical skills.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of grade C (or equivalent) in maths, science and English, or a Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject.