Level 3

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Course Level

Level 3


1 year FT




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217,000 new construction workers needed in the UK by 2025*

*CITB, 2021

Plumbing and heating systems are essential parts of any construction project, and skilled plumbers are always in demand, particularly with major building and regeneration schemes happening across the UK today. If you want to become a plumber or heating engineer, our Plumbing Level 3 course provides the perfect continuation of your studies from Level 2 to further develop skills and knowledge that will enable you to turn this trade into a lifelong career.

By training to be a plumber, you could work on everything from carrying out plumbing repairs or fitting bathrooms and domestic appliances to installing and maintaining heating systems. This Level 3 plumbing course will teach you how to work with plumbing systems and pipework, as well as covering elements of the wider construction industry including health and safety, modern sustainable construction methods and green technology. You will also develop your maths and English skills alongside your trade skills to prepare you for the world of work.

Our plumbing course gives you practical, hands-on training, supported by state-of-the-art facilities at our Sustainable Construction Skills Centre on campus. After you finish your studies, the doors will be open for you to progress onto further study, apprenticeships or careers within the industry.

Why choose this college course?

  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Build core skills and knowledge in carpentry and joinery, as well as other key skills including maths and English to get you work-ready
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Get hands-on training using innovative facilities in our state-of-the-art Sustainable Construction Skills Centre
  • RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION – Gain a recognised Level 3 qualification to enable your progression onto further courses, apprenticeships or into industry
There are lots of reasons why we think you should study with us, but here are our top 5. View video.

Our facilities

Students on our construction and engineering courses will learn in brand new real-world training environments at University College Birmingham. Our brand new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre at the iconic James Cond Building offers state-of-the-art facilities specifically designed to develop skills that support employers and their supply chains, along with further facilities at Camden House. These include:

  • Training rigs
  • Glulam workshops
  • Modular building workshop
  • Bench joinery workshops
  • Bricklaying workshops
  • Electrical workshops
  • Plumbing workshops
  • BIM labs
  • CAD studios
  • Enhanced IT facilities

Sustainable Construction Skills Centre

Our new Sustainable Construction Skills Centre holds workshops for our construction, plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying and electrical installation students.

Camden House

Camden House is our bespoke STEM education and training facility, where construction students learn CAD software, mechanics and fluids.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

  • Health, safety and welfare construction
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Understanding how to communicate with others within building services engineering

Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Tilbury Douglas is delighted to be working in partnership with University College Birmingham on the development of the new sustainable construction courses. As an employer, it is vital that our employees can access robust, fit-for-purpose qualifications that will address the skills shortage and provide our future and existing workforce with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to demonstrate competency in their roles. We are passionate about recruiting and developing our own talent for the future, while ensuring we remain committed to sustainably delivering vital infrastructure to communities across the UK. This collaboration will help us to achieve this.

Tilbury Douglas

Entry requirements

Our lecturers are looking for students who are enthusiastic and passionate about construction, together with a keen determination to succeed in the plumbing sector, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below. 

If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email or use our live chat.

Academic requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English (Language or Literature) and maths, or equivalent and a successful completion of Level 2 Plumbing.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
  • If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of externally-assessed exams, projects and practical assessments.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Uniform and kit costs

This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £50, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.) This will include steel toe cap boots and old clothes suitable for site construction work.

You may be eligible for the Learner Support Fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Plumbing and heating engineer

Average Salary: £50,000

Gas engineer

Average Salary: £60,000

Green technologies installer

Average Salary: £50,000

Industrial mechanical heating engineer

Average Salary: £60,000

MEP designer

Average Salary: £50,000


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