Access to Building Services: 19+ - Level 1 (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 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: 17 Weeks
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Level 1 is ideal if you're just starting out and want a good basic understanding of the building services industry - enough to choose a career path and move on to your next qualification. You may be a young learner or an adult.

To earn this qualification, you must complete a range of mandatory and optional units, including:

•Introduction to the building services engineering sector
•Environmental awareness


Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course you will gain a City and Guilds Level 1 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 two days a week. You will need to complete nine mandatory units:

• Introduction to building services engineering
• Safe working practises
• Environmental protection measures
• Scientific principles
• Refrigeration and air conditioning
• Electrical installation
• Heating and ventilation
• Plumbing


Learning Methods

You will learn through practical demonstrations and lectures.

Assessment Methods

Learner will be expected to demonstrate safe level of practical competence together with understanding of underpinning knowledge.

Evidence will be collated in the form of a portfolio. Internally set theory tests will also be used to assess candidates’ progress.


Progression Opportunities

If you complete the Level 1 course you may progress to the Level 2.

Then following this if you show the correct aptitude you may be in a position to enter an electrical apprenticeship.

However this is dependent on securing a suitable employer.


Entry Requirements

Most students progress from the PEO L1 (19+) course onto this course.

However all candidates are still expected to have achieved Level 1 in their diagnostic assessment in both literacy and numeracy.

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

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.