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Electrical Installation City & Guilds Level 1

If you want a rewarding career as a professional Electrician then this course will give you the hands-on skills you need to get started and will introduce the principles behind the most technical and exciting occupation within the construction industries.


At least half of the course will be spent carrying out practical tasks in the workshop that are carefully designed so that you are learning the principals of electrical engineering whilst you are working with your hands. This means that you will see why the maths and science is important because as your theory skills improve, so will your practical ability. Remember, that we cannot see, touch, taste, hear or smell electricity so you need to be able to explain how it works and why it behaves in certain ways. Your understanding of the formulae and theories will make you a better engineer, able to design systems, install them and then commission them. That is where the money is. We also help you to prepare for your future by giving you more than just electrical skills. We will show you how to run your own business and even let you have a go at it through enterprise projects where you learn how to manage a team and make a profit. We have employers come into college to talk to you about what they want from an employee and we have past students visit so you can ask questions and find out what it is really like to be working as an Electrician. We have designed a wide range of challenging workshop tasks which will allow youto be able to hit the ground running and become very employable.

Course Leader profile

Greg O'Shea

I’ve spent 13 years in the electro-technical industry with broad and varied experiences from commercial to heavy industrial works. They joy of our profession is how every site is different. Installing lighting, general and dedicated power, communication systems, personal enabling equipment and asset protection systems all around the country and abroad in anything from bank vaults to operating theatres kept things interesting. Working for several companies (including my own) installing specialist systems such as halon fire suppression systems and power and control systems for complex manufacturing and production systems gave me an authoritative perspective into how far reaching the profession could be and that the rewards for competence, diligence and speed were great. I enjoyed the variety that a career in electrical installation provided, though began to realise that the most rewarding aspect of my working life was when I had time on-site to show apprentice electricians how or why we did a task in a certain way, explain how something worked or help make ‘real-life’ sense of the science and maths they were learning at college. I began teaching part time in the evenings in 2006 and after just a few weeks decided this is what I wanted to do all day and began my teacher training. I found the psychology and methodologies for helping others to learn was as fascinating as the subject I was teaching and continue to study towards becoming a better teacher. The job satisfaction from seeing trainee electricians develop their practical skills, gain confidence in their technical abilities and progress their career was overwhelming and that feeling of pride in my students is still with me at the end of every class and at the achievement of each exam. To be able to share their successes and to have contributed to it as part of a strong, dedicated electrical team is what makes Calderdale College a vibrant, energetic and inspiring place to work and a exciting place to learn Electrical Installation Engineering.

Entry Requirements

We want to make sure you are going to enrol on the right course so to help us we assess your current level of maths and English. The assessment is a tool to help us plan your development and support you in choosing the right level of study. After the assessment we will invite you in to speak to one of the tutors so that you have a chance to ask all of the questions that you might have and to give you a clear plan of what you need to do.

Interview Process

Assessment and Interview

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

This qualification is for students aged 16 - 18 who are thinking about a career in Electrical Installation.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

City & Guilds Electrical Installation Engineering – Level One

Are there any opportunities for progression?

When you achieve your Level 1 qualification there is a wide range of routes open to you. We have designed the course with City & Guilds to make sure that if there is one part of the course that you really enjoyed you will have the entrance criteria to begin to specialise and become an expert in that particular aspect. This is the first step to becoming a fully qualified Electrician and for some students it is the first part of the path that leads to University and Higher Education.

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: Week beginning 4 September 2017
  • Hours per week: 13 hours per week
  • Days: Mon - Wed or Wed- Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.30 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course Fees: Free
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Construction & Technology
  • Department Manager: Andrew Barnes


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: City & Guilds Electrical Installation – Level One
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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