Havering College

What's Involved

Students will learn the theory and practical skills covering the plumbing and domestic heating industry. To pass this Level 3 course, students will complete set tasks and take theoretical exams based on real life scenarios. They will have to demonstrate knowledge and practical application of a range of plumbing and central heating systems.

If students have not achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in English or Maths, they will study an additional English or Maths course.

You will study topics including:

  • Complex Cold Water Systems
  • Complex Hot Water Systems
  • Unvented Hot Water Systems
  • Central Heating
  • Complex Sanitation
  • Gas 1
  • Gas 2
  • System planning
  • Improving Business

Other compulsory units to be studied will include aspects of the industry, such as Health & Safety in building services engineering; Fundamental principles and requirements of environmental technology systems; Plumbing system installation planning; Sanitation and drainage systems; Complex central heating systems; Domestic gas principles and Career awareness in building services engineering.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. Successful completion of City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the Level 3 course can lead to progression to further studies in the plumbing and heating industry or in the construction sector, such as HNC or HND qualifications. Students can go straight into employment after the Level 3 course or begin an apprenticeship. Former students have gone on to careers such as Designer Estimators, Project Managers, Site or Workshop Supervisors, Chartered Engineers and Commercial Managers.

Whilst this sector doesn’t currently have a ‘Licence to Practice’ our apprenticeships are recognised as fulfilling the competence requirements of the voluntary card schemes and will enable students to register on a relevant industry-recognised Certification Scheme which is evidence that an operative is deemed competent to carry out a particular job role effectively and safely.

Course Assessment Method

50% Exams/Theory, 50% Practical

Where and When

Plumbing & Heating Level 3 Diploma

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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