Electrical Installations (Building and Structures) - 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


This course will provide underpinning knowledge, while also developing electrical installation skills.

The course will also provide the necessary safe working practices together with the use of technical communication, whilst developing effective safe working practices.

Please note this is not a vocational electrical installation qualification that is recognised in the industry. It should be used as a pre-apprenticeship course.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 35 Weeks
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is intended for people who may be looking to start a career withiin the electrical installation industry as an apprentice by providing the learner with the basic skills and understanding of the principles needed.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme you will gain a City & Guilds NVQ Level 1 Performing Engineering Operations.

"The working safely in the engineering environment cleared up a lot of doubts I had within myself, I now have renewed confidence that this course has given me."

Nicholas Askins
City & Guilds Level 1 Electrical Installation (PEO NVQ Level 1)

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector:

Junior Level Role

Junior Electrical Installation Engineer - £20,000-£25,000

Middle Level Role

Experienced Electrical Installation Engineer - £28,000-£38,000

Senior Level Role

Chartered Electrical Installation Engineer - £40,000-£50,000

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 half days a week. With an additional half day a week reserved for students who have to study GCSE's or Functional Skills.

Level 1 will suit you if you are just starting out in your engineering career and require a broad range of competencies to enable safe progression into the workplace.

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

•Working safely in an engineering environment

•Carrying out engineering activities efficiently and effectively

•Using and communicating technical information.

You also take a number of optional units, choosing from a broad range that includes:

  • Assembling mechanical components
  • Using lathes for turning operations
  • Assembling fluid power equipment
  • Cutting and shaping platework components
  • Wiring electrical equipment and circuits
  • Making sand moulds and cores for casting.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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

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 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: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
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.