North Harbour Campus
One day a week
Designed to develop you as an apprentice into the role of a plumber and domestic heating technician, providing you with the technical knowledge and behaviours you require to be successful in this role.
As site plumber, you will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building systems and appliances, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. The installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework. Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls. You’ll also be working with cold water, hot water, central heating, above ground drainage and rainwater systems.
You will need maths and English GCSE grade 4 or above or Functional Skills Level 2.
The programme is co-ordinated through our North Harbour Campus over a period of four years and consists of classroom learning together with developing your skills and knowledge in the workplace.
You will build a portfolio of work and work-place assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe your ability and skills in your daily role. It is important for you to take ownership of your own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with your employer.
You and your employer will be enrolled on our award-winning e-Portfolio system OneFile to enable both parties to upload evidence of learning and to track progression through the programme.
Once you have completed your Level 3 National Occupational Standard as a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician and any needed maths and English, you will then be independently assessed on a knowledge assessment and practical skills assessment which will be graded at a Pass (50% - 65%), Merit (61% - 79%) or Distinction (80% - 100%) grade.
The End Point Assessment (at an independent centre) comprises:
Knowledge test – 50 questions /90 minutes to complete. Questions will vary and cover health and safety, plumbing and heating science processes, environmental and energy efficient working practices, plumbing and heating systems, effective communications, logical thinking and team working.
Design project (applied knowledge assessment) – taking 7 hours’ duration, in an assessment centre. Building plans are provided, with a job specification, manufacturer’s information and data, British Standards, and regulations. You are asked to complete a heating, hot water and cold-water design capable of meeting the job specification.
You will then produce:
• design criteria
• completed fabric heat loss
• heating pipework sizing
• hot and cold-water pipe and component sizing
• final layout plans
• materials list
• merchant order.
The performance element has two components: the practical installation test and the practical application test.
School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.
You could progress on to a Level 4 site management qualification or a different construction course/apprenticeship.
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