Electrical Installation

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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 48 Months
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

Increasingly time served trades men/women are being sought by contractors, bringing their own expertise to bear on the successful completion of projects. The only approved route to a recognised electrical qualification is via this Apprenticeship. This course is designed to enable you to reach this standard.

Please be aware that this qualification is moving to the Apprenticeship Standard in September 2017.


Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including maths and English. You will be required to take an initial assessment entry test in maths and English to determine your level.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You must be employed in a relevant setting for a minimum of 30 hours per week and you will be assessed in your work place.

Key principles of the programme covered include:

  • Electrical principles
  • Inspection, testing and commissioning
  • Fault diagnosis and rectification
  • Health, safety and welfare

Whilst a student on this programme you will study Functional Skills maths, English and ICT unless you have a GCSE grade C in an appropriate qualification.

How will I be assessed

The qualification is assessed through a variety of assessment methods.

The knowledge units include:

  • online tests
  • written paper
  • projects or assignments
  • practical observations

These units will be assessed at the candidates training provider.

The performance units will be evidenced through a work place evidence record which will form part of the learners’ portfolio. The performance units should be assessed through naturally occurring opportunities whilst in the work place. The work place evidence record allows candidates to demonstrate the practical skills and associated knowledge required of an electrical apprentice.

Learners must:

  • successfully complete all assessments for each mandatory unit
  • successfully complete all assessments for each optional unit

However for the learner to achieve the Apprenticeship they also need to successfully complete the AM2 synoptic competence based assessment.

The AM2 is a robust, timed (16.5 hours typically over 2 and a half days) practical and theory (40 multiple-choice questions) assessment in sections, requiring learners to perform a set of common tasks and procedures that a full scope electrical operative might face when working in commercial or industrial premises, as well as dwellings. It assesses learners on installation, inspection and testing and fault-finding; their work must comply with BS 7671, be in line with relevant Health and Safety legislation and conform to current industry practices and procedures. The AM2 will be graded pass/merit/distinction and weighting of practical to theory of 70% / 30%.

Things you may need

Health and safety are of paramount importance in the construction industry and Darlington College also places great emphasis on this part of our student’s education. If you enrol on, and undertake any course in the construction department you will be required to wear at all times mandatory PPE as follows:

  • Approved protective footwear with ankle support (Rigger type boots are not allowed)
  • Approved hi-visibility vest
  • Approved safety glasses

It is also expected that you will attend college in suitable work wear/ clothes; it will be possible to order this directly with suppliers during college enrolment.

Please note the college has no objection to, and would encourage students to wear, the named PPE provided by their employers.

What next

Increasingly time served trades men/women are being sought by contractors to act as site managers, bringing their own expertise to bear on the successful completion of projects which your Apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for.

You could also progress on to a Level 4 qualification in management such as the HNC in Building Studies, HNC in Building Services or the HNC in Engineering Electrical.

Information, advice and support

As our Apprentices are already operating within the workplace we anticipate that they will bring with them a good work ethic, coupled with respect for others, both fellow students and tutors. We also look for them to provide a positive example to our full time learners.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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