2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 Years


Level 3

Course code


Fee Information

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

This T-Level in Plumbing and Heating Engineering has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares you for work.

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies, such as heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems.

You will work on appliances and equipment that can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems.

Entry Criteria

You will hold GCSEs at grade 4 in maths, English and science.

You will need to be able to commit to an industry placement of at least 45 days.

What are the next steps?

Please bring a copy of all achieved qualifications and an outline of predicted grades.

It would be beneficial to do some research into possible employers who could be willing to provide you with an industry placement for the programme.

Study Aims

This two-year qualification aims to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an apprenticeship or higher-level study, in the specialist area of plumbing and heating engineering.

You will develop the theory and practical behind the installation of plumbing and heating systems, including taking accurate measures, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework.

This Technical Qualification is intended for you if you want to progress your career in the plumbing and heating - job roles could include:

  • Plumber
  • Gas Engineer
  • Maintenance Plumber
  • Installation Plumber
  • Bathroom
  • Installer

Modules Studied

Core modules:

  • Health and safety in construction
  • Construction design principles
  • Construction and the built environment industry
  • Construction sustainability principles
  • Building technology principles
  • Tools, equipment and materials
  • Construction science principles
  • Construction measurement principles
  • Construction information and data principles
  • Relationship management in construction
  • Digital technology in construction
  • Construction commercial and business principles.

Specialist modules:

  • Building Services Engineering (BSE) systems
  • Maintenance principles

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will be a variety of classroom based, self-study and workplace learning activities.

Your industry placement is assessed through your performance in the workplace by your work-based supervisor and your tutor.

As a T-Level plumbing and heating technician, you will be coached so you are able to work independently or as a team. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient, and economical manner to minimise waste.


The T-Level is 80% classroom-based learning and 20% industry placement. You will undertake a minimum of 315 hours of work placement in industry.

You will always perform to the best of your ability and conduct yourself in a professional manner as if an employee of your placement organisation.

Where can it take me?