Construction and the Built Environment

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation (7202)
  • Functional Skills/GSCE - Mathematics and English at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This Level 1 course is particularly suitable if you are leaving school and want a more practical engineering course before entering employment or going on to further training. You will spend a great deal of time in the College's well-equipped workshops and classrooms, and will gain an excellent foundation in electrical installations.

The study programme consists of a number of compulsory and important elements:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation (7202)
  • Functional Skills/GCSE - Mathematics and English at an appropriate level
  • Work Experience

This will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to understand the principles of electrical installations through carrying out practice work in our fully-equipped workshops.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Structure of the construction industry
  • Fundamental safe working practices
  • Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings
  • Site preparation for working in the construction industry
  • Electrical installation wiring and terminations
  • Fabrication techniques for electrical installation
  • Electrical science and technology

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

For the Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation (7202) you can learn, train and demonstrate your true skills by simulation in the workshop. Your abilities will be tested in the workshop and you will need to prove that you can do a number of work-related tasks. You will be assessed in several ways: by assignments and on-line tests; and by observation - an assessor watches you work and checks that you can do the tasks.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in learning the basic skills and knowledge involved in electrical installation, wish to gain a Level 1 qualification in electrical installation and want to progress onto the Level 2 Electrotechnical course.

It is aimed at 16 to 19 year olds, but there are some spaces are available to adult students.

Progression and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of all elements of their study programme students can be interviewed for the Level 2 City and Guilds Electrical/Electronic Programme, or if they have improved grades they can apply for the Level 2 City and Guilds Electrotechnical Programme or apply for an Apprenticeship.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 2 (E).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

Please bring along details of expected or actual exam results and a copy of your school report if you are leaving or have just left school, be prepared to partake in mathematics and literacy assessments, and be ready to discuss why you want to join the course and what you can bring to the College.

You will need to bring a piece of handwritten work to your interview, using one side of A4 paper, identifying why you want to work in Electrical Installations.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students are expected to come to College everyday with a scientific calculator, ruler, pens, pencils, coloured pencils, paper and a folder for the classroom. For the workshop there is a mandatory requirement that candidates bring and wear protective overalls and protective footwear at all times during workshop activities. Other protective clothing will be provided and must be worn, for example, safety goggles and failure to follow this requirement will result in the students being excluded from the workshop until they comply.

Students are also expected to purchase and bring with them every day a copy of the IET On-Site Guide BS 7671:2008(2011) ISBN 978-1-84919-287-3

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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