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In Short

This qualification allows you to acquire knowledge and craft skills of electrical installation. It does not require occupational evidence from the workplace, so is suitable for those who currently do not work within the electrical Industry (but may wish to do so). The qualification has been adapted from the Diploma within the apprenticeship framework; so facilitates progression to the Industry recognised qualification. It will give you an opportunity to practice and be assessed in a secure environment on the installation of wiring systems together with the relevant theory of electrical installation. You will gain advanced skills and knowledge in a wide range of electrical engineering aspects ensuring that you are able to work both competently and safely. You will have the opportunity to utilise the IET On-Site-Guide with some of the units; and also acquire the knowledge of electrical science and principles. For the Level 3 course you will study at the College for three days a week. This course is mainly theory based but provides practical opportunities through inspection & testing practice and scientific experiments. It combines lectures, directed study, workshop activities and simulated jobs in the College.


Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview.

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma/Intermediate Diploma in Electrical Installation plus 4 GCSEs at minimum Grade 5 (C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science.

Course Content

The course is built around seven units of study. These share similar outcomes and allow for multiple units to be undertaken at the same time:

  • Understanding environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems
  • Electrical installation Design
  • Electrical Installation Craft Skills
  • Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
  • Electrical Science and Principles
  • Understanding the practices and procedures for overseeing and organising the work environment (electrical installation)


You can progress your learning with Weymouth College from Level 3. Those who successfully complete the Level 3 course may be able to progress to Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures & the Environment). The course should provide an enhanced understanding of principles and skills required for entry into the electrical engineering and installation industries, and allow progression to higher education.


You will need On-Site-Guide to BS7671:2018 text book, approximately £25 for all levels and Requirements for Electrical Installations BS7671:2018 , approximately £90 for the Level 3 course only. You will also need to provide your own pens, paper and scientific calculator, and two folders in which to store your workshop and theory notes. It is also essential that you provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safety shoes and gloves, without which no practical work can be undertaken. You must provide your own tools for use in practical workshop sessions. These must meet a minimum set of safety criteria; the College has an arrangement with a local wholesaler to provide a tool kit meeting these criteria for approximately £100. Facilities are available within the department to store materials kits and PPE. The College also requires you to purchase a materials package for the course. This is expected to be sufficient for the course and must be maintained in an appropriate working condition, breakages will need to be replaced; this is also available from one of the local wholesalers at a cost of approximately £100.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. • Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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