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Electrical Installation Level 1 Diploma at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Would you like to begin a career in Engineering or as an Electrician? This Level 1 Diploma is your first step on this path.

There are an estimated 800,000 engineers employed in the UK and the engineering manufacturing industry employs 1.7 million people in total, whilst the Electrical industry itself is huge and still growing. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are skilled and trained in these industries.

This course aims to give you that first knowledge in electrical and engineering processes so you are then well prepared for the various Level 2 courses that are on offer in the Engineering and Electrical department.

Course content

This course will give you a good base knowledge to gain the skills and training required to enter the Electrical industry. Would you like a career that can be very financially rewarding? The Electrical industry continues to grow and is very competitive – this course has been designed to give you the skills and confidence to get out there working for yourself, winning jobs and contracts.

If you are interested in career in the Electrical industry then this is the entry course for you. The course requires up to 5 days a week in which you must attend the college, along with regular homework and an element of self study at home.

This course covers 6 theory subjects:

  • Introduction to Construction Work
  • Principles of Health and Safety
  • Handling and Storing Materials and Components
  • Personal Work Skills
  • Introduction to Self employment

The course consists of ongoing practical assessments and written assignments and is roughly split 50/50 for practical and theory. There are 5 practical assessments to complete along with the theory assignments.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent, to include GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics. You will also need to complete an industry-standard multiple choice assessment called a BPEC test, which you must pass at interview with a minimum of 55%.

Interview for entry: Interview required

Pre-entry preparation:
You will also be required to take a BPEC test and get 55% as well as other assessments.

We suggest you prepare for this by undertaking some general Maths revision covering calculating volume and area, material quantities, percentages, taking measurements, basic maths including long division and multiplication, interpreting information on charts and servicing instructions.


Ongoing paper-based knowledge and practical assessments.

Financial information

If you are successful in applying for this course you will need to purchase a textbook, specific stationery, tools and protective clothing and equipment. The list will be given to you by Admissions.

Future opportunities

This Foundation Electrical course will equip you for consideration for progression to Level 2 courses either as a full-time student or as an apprentice in Electrical Installation (subject to completion of Level 1 portfolio and satisfactory end of year report). From there you can progress to a Level 3 course in your chosen specialist area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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