Construction and the Built Environment

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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.

Entry Requirements for new students

4 GCSEs at Grade 2 including English and maths

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


student success

Tom Skinner, Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Tom Skinner, Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

“I previously studied Mechanical Engineering but switched to Civil Engineering and love it. I come to site in the morning and get involved with the ‘setting out’ – dealing with...

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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