Access to Building Services - Level 2 (Full-Time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Construction and Built Environment

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


Want a career in Building Services Engineering but not sure about which area to go into? This one year introductory qualification gives learners a flavour of the skills involved in four different areas of building services engineering; plumbing, electrotechnical, heating and ventilating and refrigeration and air conditioning.

You'll find out what you enjoy, and then you can move onto a specialist qualification in either plumbing, electrotechnical, heating and ventilating or refrigeration and air-conditioning and hopefully eventually move onto a career.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2017. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 23 Weeks
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Level 2 is ideal if you already have a good basic understanding of the building services industry, and want to progress in your career. You may be a young learner or an adult.


Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course you will gain a City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma Certificate in Access to Building Services.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Teaching will occur over three and a half days a week. With an additional half day a week reserved for students who have to study GCSE's or Functional Skills.


You'll need to complete four mandatory units:

• Understand and carry out safe working practices in building services engineering
• Understand how to apply environmental protection measures within building services engineering
• Understand the roles, responsibilities and procedures within building services engineering
• Understand how to apply scientific principles within mechanical services engineering


Learning Methods

You will learn through:

Group Work
Hands-on practical training

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through a combination of written portfolio and direct observation of practical assessments.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of the Level 2 you will have demonstrated levels of understanding and practical ability and if you show the correct aptitude you may be in a position to enter a plumbing apprenticeship.

However this is dependent on securing a suitable employer.


Career Opportunities

This Level 2 will provide you with the basic understanding and skills needed in the building services installation industry.

Entry Requirements

It is strongly desirable for candidates to hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language.

For all successful applicants who do not possess the above it is mandatory for them to attend and pass either their Functional Skills or GCSE in Mathematics and / or English Language whilst studying this vocational course.

However most candidates that join this course will progress from the PEO Level 2 Plumbing Installation course.

If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 5.0 or above.

There will also be a formal interview.


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

All students must provide and wear their own 'Personal Protective Equipment' when in our workshops. This is to include, hard hat, steel toe capped boots and high visibility vest.


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.