Plumbing Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: TPB250
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

The Plumbing Apprenticeship offers a qualification that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need when working in a job role which focuses on plumbing. You will be working in a variety of environments where your duties could encompass many areas of plumbing. You need to be familiar with everything from domestic boilers to advanced welding techniques to computerised control systems and from installing sanitation systems and servicing boilers to laying underground drainage pipes, plumbers work for the construction industry as well as for commercial and domestic clients. To undertake an Apprenticeship in Plumbing you must be committed, have a keen interest in the trade and have the determination and motivation to succeed.


What will I study?

Selection of units from the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Install non-complex plumbing systems and components
  • Maintain a safe working environment when undertaking plumbing work activities.
  • Maintain non-complex plumbing systems and components

Selection of Units from the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating Advanced Apprenticeship (Gas, Fire, Water and Central Heating Appliances):

  • Domestic hot water, cold water, central heating and sanitation systems
  • Domestic plumbing and heating systems, components and gas-fired warm air appliances
  • Domestic plumbing and heating systems, components and gas-fired water and central heating appliances

Other pathways are available to suit the employers' requirements including the 'Environmental pathway'.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration/assignment
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
What can I do next?

On successful completion of the Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in plumbing, an Apprentice will have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to progress onto a relevant Level 3 qualifications and/or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing and Heating. On completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing you could progress on to relevant Level 4/5 qualifications e.g. Building Services Engineering Technology, Project Management, Environmental Technologies or Foundation Degree in Engineering. Job progression could include a career with further training into such roles as Technician, Designer Estimator, Project Manager, Site/Workshop Supervisor/Manager, Chartered Engineer, Sales Engineer or Commercial Manager.

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Career Options


  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40 hours per week

Plumbers fit, service and repair hot and cold water systems, and heating systems in homes and businesses. They also work with gas fires and cookers.

If you want a varied job that makes good use of your practical skills and takes you out and about, this could be perfect for you.

You will need to be good at solving problems, have the ability to follow technical plans, and understand the importance of health and safety. You'll also need good customer care skills.

To become a qualified plumber you will need to complete industry-recognised training and qualifications. A common way in is through an Apprenticeship.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Construction Operative

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 39 hours per week

If you enjoy practical work and want a job outdoors, then working on a building site could be for you.

To be a construction operative or site labourer, you will need a good level of fitness. You will need a basic knowledge of building methods and materials. You will also need a good head for heights.

There are no set entry requirements to become a construction operative. You may have an advantage if you have some on-site experience. Some employers may ask for GCSEs in subjects like maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Construction Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40 hours per week

If you are experienced in construction, and you can lead and motivate a team, this job could be ideal for you.

Construction managers, also known as site managers or site agents, supervise and direct operations on a construction project to make sure it is completed safely, on time and within budget.

In this job you will need to be a 'people person'. You will need to be a creative problem solver. You will also need to be good at organising and planning.

To get into this job you would usually need to have a relevant foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree, or several years' experience in the building industry. You could also come into this job from a background as an estimator, a building technician or a site supervisor.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Starting salaries for newly qualified plumbers can be between £18,000 and £22,000 a year.

Experienced plumbers can earn between 

Self-employed plumbers set their own rates.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.