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Electrical Installation - Level 1 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This course will provide underpinning knowledge, while also developing electrical installation skills.

The course will also provide the necessary safe working practices together with the use of technical communication, whilst developing effective safe working practices.

Please note this is not a vocational electrical installation qualification that is recognised in the industry. It should be used as a pre-apprenticeship course.

Course content

 Teaching will occur over three and half days a week. With an additional half day a week reserved for students who have to study GCSE's or Functional Skills.

Level 1 will suit you if you are just starting out in your engineering career and require a broad range of competencies to enable safe progression into the workplace.

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

•Working safely in an engineering environment

•Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively

•Using and communicating technical information.

You also take a number of optional units, choosing from a broad range that includes:

  • Assembling mechanical components
  • Using lathes for turning operations
  • Assembling fluid power equipment
  • Cutting and shaping platework components
  • Wiring electrical equipment and circuits
  • Making sand moulds and cores for casting.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Entry requirements

It is strongly desirable for candidates to hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

For all successful applicants who do not possess the above it is mandatory for them to attend and pass either their Functional Skills or GCSE in Mathematics and / or English Language whilst studying this vocational course.

However all candidates are still expected to have achieved Level 1 in their diagnostic assessment in both literacy and numeracy.

If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 5.0 or above.

There will also be a formal interview.


Learner will be expected to demonstrate safe level of practical competence together with understanding of underpinning knowledge.

Evidence will be collated in the form of a portfolio. Internally set theory tests will also be used to assess candidates’ progress.

Future opportunities

If you complete the Level 1 course you may progress to the Level 2.

Then following this if you show the correct aptitude you may be in a position to enter an electrical apprenticeship.

However this is dependent on securing a suitable employer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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