Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Plumbing & Heating - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 2 Years Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths Qualification: NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating Level 2 Awarding Body: C&G

Why this apprenticeship?

You will learn, develop and practice the skills required to provide general maintenance tasks which will include; understanding and carrying out site preparation and pipework fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing and heating systems; and conforming to general health and safety in the workplace.

Assessment will be through a range of assessment techniques including workplace observations, on-line tests and the production of a portfolio of workplace evidence and knowledge.


Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.

What levels are available?


Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.

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Entry requirements

To do this course you will need to have 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths.

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed and must have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years to be eligible.

The Level 2 apprenticeship is an intermediate level equivalent to 5 GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 2, Functional Skills and in some areas a relevant technical certificate diploma. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or up-skill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed. 

Course content

This course will support you to achieve:
  • Understand and Apply Domestic Cold/Hot Water System Installation and Maintenance Techniques
  • Understand and Apply Domestic Central Heating System Installation and Maintenance Techniques
  • Install and Maintain Domestic Plumbing and Heating Systems
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

Why the MET?

This course takes place at our new purpose-built Construction and Trades Centre at the MET's East Campus.

Our workshop facilities mirror real industry practice, using industry standard tools.

You will be taught by industry experienced teachers who have years of collective knowledge and experience between them.

How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.


Potential Careers

Plumber or heating or ventilating engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system.
  • Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools.
  • Installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, radiators and fires.
  • Tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods.
  • Repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 7.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2021 in the South East.

ENTRY £18,915

AVERAGE £27,788


Desired Skills:
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Speaking
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