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Building Services Engineering Level 2 Diploma at Southport College

Course description

This course is an introduction to the various trades that exist within building services sector giving you a sound introduction to your choice of career. If you are thinking of starting a career as a plumber, electrician or gas fitter the course provides an excellent platform to start from.

Course content

This 1-year introductory qualification covers 4 areas of building services engineering: plumbing, electrotechnical, heating and ventilating and refrigeration and air conditioning. This course is suitable for anyone who is thinking about a career in the building services sector. 

You will learn basic skills in the following subjects:

Plumbing- Copper installation pipework using a range of methods including pipe bending, soldering, compression fittings and testing for tightness. 

Heating and ventilation- Low carbon steel installation pipework using a range of methods including hydraulic bending, threading and joining pipework using hand stocks and dies.

Electrical installation- Wiring an electrical circuit with a 3 pin plug, switches and lights.

Air conditioning- Copper installation pipework using a range of methods including pipe bending, flared and brazing techniques.

Alongside the practical activities you will also be introduced to safe working practices, environmental protection, the science of building services, renewable energy and the conservation of energies.

On completion of the course you may be able to progress on to the Plumbing, Gas or Electrical courses that we offer here at Southport College. 

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at grade D or Level 1 Diploma in related subject
Successful interview
Satisfactory reference


You will be assessed continuously throughout the course on practical activities. In addition, knowledge will be tested with on line examinations.

Future opportunities

These qualifications don't lead directly to a job, but they prepare you to start other qualifications.
You can use some of the units gained from this qualification to give you a head start on these NVQ Level 2 Diplomas at Southport College-

- Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies
- Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing & Domestic Heating Appreticeship (employment required)
- Level 2 Diploma in Elctrical installation 

On completion of these, you could choose to work as:

- an Electrician
- a Plumber or Plumber's mate
- a Heating and Ventilating Engineer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016

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