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Electrical Installation (Level 2)

This study programme 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 study programme 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.


After my GCSEs I didn’t want to stay in school any longer. I had electrical and construction routes in mind because I often help around the house with DIY jobs and am generally quite a practical person.

I have found more freedom at College along with lots of practical based learning, which suits me. The tutors are great and also help out with the theory work. I had to study English and maths last year, which was good.

I managed to arrange some work experience with my neighbour’s son’s company MB Electrical. They work on domestic and commercial projects and it was a good opportunity for me to work on my wiring skills.

After the Level 2 I am hoping to move on to an apprenticeship. I am not exactly sure what I want to do as a career, but it will be somewhere along the lines of electrical.

Oliver - Electrical Installation Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Relevant Level 1 qualification.

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.

  • Subject units:
    • 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.
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • During the programme 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.

Assessment methods

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


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


  • English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

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

Additional 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 study programme you will need to: 

  • purchase steel toe footwear, safety glasses and gloves for practical sessions
  • provide note-taking equipment, a scientific calculator, along with the current versions of the OSG (On Site Guide) that costs approximately £28
Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

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LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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