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Electrical Installation (Buildings & Structures) City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma at Bedford College

Course description

This course 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 course 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.

Course content

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.

During the course you can study a range of topics, including:

  • 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.


During the course 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. During the course you may also study GCSE English and Functional Skills ICT, depending on your entry assessment.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need three GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths, or a relevant Level 1 qualification with Functional Skills.


You will be assessed through a mix of written assignments, online exams and practical assessments.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

If you find employment during the year you can transfer to the Electrical Installation NVQ Level 3 required for becoming a qualified electrician.

Further information

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 £20 for required clothing/uniform, £10 for personal equipment and £25 for course books.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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