Electrical Installation Intermediate (Level 2)
This study programme will give you an introduction to the skills you will need to carry out a range of electrical installation activities required to start work in the industry. Units of study will include an introduction to all types of circuits, including the theory and regulations behind it. This one-year full-time study programme will require attendance for 4 days per week, and is designed to give you the required level of understanding and knowledge to progress onto the Level 3 qualification and, ultimately, to become a qualified electrician.
When I left school I went straight to work on a building site and got involved with all the trades but the electrical side appealed to me most so I decided to get my qualifications in this area. I did look at another college first of all but I heard there were lots of problems with the course, whereas Bedford College had been given great reviews.
Overall the course has been fantastic and one of the highlights for me was being involved at the WorldSkills UK final at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. I was helping out on the stand and demonstrating how to wire a plug and build a motor. The course also gave us the opportunity to visit a working nuclear power station, so we got to see for ourselves how electricity is generated on a huge scale.
I feel one 100% ready for the world of work now. The course has opened lots of doors and the tutors are really helpful trying to find work and Apprenticeships for you, and I’m already working part-time. My next steps are to progress on to the Level 3 course at Bedford College in September.
Michael - Electrical Installation Level 2
To begin this study programme you will need...
Duration: 1 Year
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths
- Relevant Level 1 qualification with Functional Skills
Duration: 2 Years
- 3 GCSEs at grades A*-G or 9-1 ideally including English and maths, and a keen interest in electrical installation.
This course will offer you both practical and theoretical insights into the electrotechnical field of expertise. The practical aspect will be covered by carrying out various types of electrical installations, initially on boards and progressing on to real size as your ability increases; the theoretical side will be covered in a classroom environment. There is approximately a 50/50 split between practical and theory.
- Subject units:
- Health and safety in building services engineering
- Principles of electrical science
- Electrical installations technology
- Installation of wiring systems and enclosures
- Understanding how to communicate with others with building services engineering.
- English and maths:
If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
- Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
- Additional vocational learning and qualifications:
- During the programme you will have the opportunity to visit a local power station and construction site. Several different local employers and manufacturers will also visit classes throughout the year to discuss opportunities in the industry.
You will be assessed through a mix of written assignments, online exams and practical assessments.
Electrical Installation (Buildings & Structures) City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma
- English and maths skills
- Work experience
- Personal development skills
- Study skills
- Employability skills
Further study and career options
If you find employment during the year you can transfer to the Electrical Installation NVQ Level 3 required for becoming a qualified electrician.
Our students have been on trips to look at how power stations operate and theme parks such as Alton Towers to see how rides work. The department runs both internal and external student competitions with other colleges with toolkits as prizes throughout the year. Every year we have local employers contacting us to recruit our best students, give talks on what they look for in prospective employees and giveaway prizes for the best and most improved students. Past students have gone on to work for major projects such as The Shard and Crossrail, to working as apprentices for the Red Bull Formula one team.
To take part in this course you will need steel toe footwear for practical sessions. You will also need to provide note-taking equipment and a scientific calculator. To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of £25 for course books.
All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at www.bedford.ac.uk/finance