Electrical Installation

Print Page
Qualification type: Apprenticeship Standard
Level: Level 3
Awarding body City & Guilds 5357
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
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.

Electricians are trusted to safely install, maintain and repair electrical systems in industrial, commercial and domestic environments. Systems may include switchboards, motors, cables, fuses, thermal relays, fault current protection switches, heating, lighting, air-conditioning and metering equipment, as well as crime and fire alarm systems and renewable energy technologies.

Installation Electricians typically work on the installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of low-voltage (less than 1000v) electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

Please be aware that this qualification has moved 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

In addition, the programme will cover a wide variety of installation tasks including:

  • Preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Electrical principles associated with the design, build, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems
  • Legislation around inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Installation Electricians must: understand and apply the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment.

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.

Throughout the Apprenticeship, in addition to the above skills and knowledge, a range of core behaviours will also be developed. These will include evidence of team working, effective communication, a strong work ethic, and an awareness of health and safety issues.

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

To move on to end-point assessment, the Apprentice must pass the assessment for Level 3 Electrotechnical qualification (Installation), show evidence of the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours, and have achieved maths and English Level 2 (or equivalent).

All Apprentices must complete the AM2 (Electrotechnical Assessment of Occupational Competence). This single common assessment is externally set and marked by an independent body within an independent assessment structure.

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.

No Upcoming Events
Stay Connected

6 hours ago"On ya Bike, as we host a special event for all you cyclists or anyone interested in learning more about the benefit… https://t.co/4w1QbpMqvi"

More Videos ›