The Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing is intended as a technical level qualification. This two-year course is aimed at learners that have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing. It builds on the Level 2 Diploma by providing learners with more advanced knowledge and the related practical skills.


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  • Description

    Units of learning include; The installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance of domestic cold water, hot water, central heating and sanitation systems, as well as the fundamental principles of environmental technology systems.

  • Entry Requirements

    Learners must be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed the Level 2 intermediate Diploma in Plumbing. Learners must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to comply with the health and safety aspects of the course, the completion of the learning outcomes and the assessments.

    Students who have not achieved grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths will be required to study functional skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

    Learners must be able to demonstrate they have the potential to achieve all aspects of the qualification. They must have previously, successfully completed Level 2 intermediate Diploma in Plumbing.

  • Qualification

    Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing

  • Progression

    Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing is intended as a Technical Level qualification. It has been specifically designed for 16-19 year old learners in full time education who have completed the Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Plumbing as part of their 16-19 Study Programme and who are interested in pursuing a career in this occupational area. The qualification may also be suitable for other learners, including adults, who are interested in plumbing and/or are considering a career change.

  • Assessment

    There are both practical and written assessments throughout the duration of this course. These assessments will contribute towards a portfolio of evidence that once completed will allow the student to successfully achieve the qualification.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to carry out distance learning either at home or within the Newbury College learning resource centre. This consists of typically six hours per week, if required students are expected to use this time to complete any work carried over from planned lessons.

  • Work Placement

    There will be an element of work experience within your time at the college. You are expected to engage in this part of the programme, which will form part of the criteria to complete.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Adult students may have to pay a fee dependent on individual circumstances. All students are required to provide their own steel toe-capped boots to be worn during workshop based lessons.

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.