Course Title City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation
Level: 1
Code Y770

Overview of the Course

The Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation is designed to prepare you for entry into the construction industry as a trainee electrician. The course is suitable for students who are just starting out a career pathway within the electrical sector and require a broad range of skills to progress into the workplace. There is a combination of practical and theoretical elements covering essentials such as health and safety, wiring, fabrication and electrical science. The course includes hands-on practical training and assessment in Electrical Installation. You will use a variety of hand tools, equipment and materials. You will be working with different types of wiring systems and enclosures. The theoretical-based units include electrical science, environmental measures, general construction, health, and safety. Approximately 60% of the course is practical based in workshops and 40% is theory. You may also have an opportunity to develop skills in a different trade such as brickwork or plastering. You will also carry out a work placement as part of your studies as well as having opportunities to be involved in external local community projects.

What are the career opportunities?

  • Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Technician

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at grades A* - D (9-3) including maths, English and Science.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The qualification is assessed through a series of practical and written assignments, which are set by City & Guilds and marked by your tutor. You must pass all practical and theoretical elements of the programme to achieve this nationally recognised qualification. Practical and theoretical units include: • 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.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in a construction career you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team and like working outdoors for some of the time. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions. English and communication skills are particularly important; you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the construction sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the quantity and cost of materials from drawings, measure and set out to precise requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply rations and formulae to standard units of weight, length, time and cost to prepare estimates and final costings.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Electrical Installation students have previously secured high quality placements at:

  • National Building Corporations
  • Housing Associations
  • Local Building frims
  • Local schools
  • Heritage Centres

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Construction Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and career events.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

You are required to purchase PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that you must wear in all practical sessions; this will include a hi-visibility vest, a pair of gloves and safety goggles, all available to purchase from college at enrolment. In addition, you will also need to purchase a pair of steel toe capped boots.

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