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Plumbing

What will I study?

As a full-time student studying a Diploma in Plumbing, you will enter the department at Level 2, and after successful completion of this you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 3.

The course covers how to install and maintain a variety of Plumbing systems, including hot and cold water systems, drainage, rainwater systems and central heating systems.

Entry to the course is normally GCSE maths and English grades A-D (9-3) or equivalent. The purpose of the course is to help you progress into industry as an apprentice, whilst gaining real work experience during your time with us.

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

As a Plumbing Apprentice you will learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components.  You'll learn how to work under minimal supervision to install and maintain domestic cold water, hot water, central heating, sanitation and rainwater systems. You will also develop underpinning knowledge in both environmental technologies and domestic fuel systems. Throughout the Apprenticeship your skills base will broaden to include working with domestic gas systems and appliances whilst working towards Gas Safe Registration.

You will normally have GCSE English and maths at Grade D/3 or above. 

How will I be assessed?

At each level, assessment will be through both theory and assignment work - preparing you for the unit end exam.

Each unit has a practical and theory element, and both assessments need to be completed in order to gain unit accreditation.

Our training is delivered by highly skilled teaching staff, who each have a number of years' industrial experience. You can be sure that everything you are taught is of the highest standard.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

You will be taught by specialists in our up-to-date training facilities, and supported and observed in the workplace by qualified assessors with a wealth of expertise in the industry.

You will attend College one day per week to gain the knowledge required to do your job and develop your skills. There are a number of exams at both Levels 2 and 3.

The NVQ Diploma is achieved through creating a site diary including workshop evidence and supported by on-site assessments.

What will this lead to?

After successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma, you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 3. We encourage our full-time students to be proactive in looking for employment or an Apprenticeship, so that the training you have been given can be put into practice in the world of work. An up to date CV is essential.

After successful completion of our Level 3 course you will have the knowledge and understanding to install and maintain Domestic Plumbing and Heating systems, and in some cases will be able to progress into higher education and professional construction.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Plumbing, you will have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.

We offer two pathways - Gas and Environmental.

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing and Heating - Gas, you will be eligible to be put on the Gas Safe Register.

On successful completion of the Advanced level Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing and Heating - Environmental, you will be able to install, commission and maintain a solar thermal system, and a greater understanding of environmental technology and systems.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but Maths and English GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject. 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Plumbing

Faculty: Construction

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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