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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This qualification is for you if you are a 16?19 year old learner, who wishes to work as an electrician in the building services industry. It has been designed to deliver a high level of occupational skills and provide a platform from which to progress through further onto Level 3, an apprenticeship programme or into employment. This route at Level 2 is a step towards becoming a competent electrician. The qualification will help you gain an understanding of the skills required within the electrotechnical sector. You will cover compulsory aspects such as:

  • Scientific Principles
  • Installation of wiring systems and enclosures
  • Electrical Installations Technology

Entry requirements

Four GCSE's, including Maths Grade 5, English Grade 4 and Science Grade 4, or successful completion of our Level 1 provision.


It is expected that the applicant will have a genuine interest in the industry and each applicant will be required to attend an interview to ascertain his/her suitability for the course as well as undertake and pass a short aptitude test.


City and Guilds Technical Certificate in Electrical Installation Level 2 (8202-20)

What you'll learn (core modules)

This diploma has five mandatory units:

  • Health and safety
  • Principles of Electrical Science
  • Electrical Installations Technology
  • Installation of Wiring Systems and Enclosures
  • Communication within Building Services Environment
  • This course is assessed by synoptic exam and practical assessment.

    Benefits, skills and character strengths

    Students will develop excellent professional skills during their studies equipping them for life in the workplace. The importance of resilience and increasing confidence to work independently is strongly developed in the level 2 programme.

    How will I be assessed?

    Externally marked multiple choice  theory exam.

    The exam is externally set and externally marked, and will be online only. The exam is designed to assess the candidate's depth and breadth of understanding across content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, using a range of question types and will be sat under invigilated examination conditions.

    Candidates who fail the exam at the first sitting will have one opportunity to re-sit. If the re-sit is failed the candidate will fail the qualification.


    Synoptic assignment


    The synoptic assignment is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated. The assignment requires candidates to identify and use effectively in an integrated way an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge from across the content area.

    Candidates will be judged against the assessment objectives.


     Candidates who fail the assignment will fail the qualification

    Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

    The ElectroTechnical Technologies Centre, Sixth From Campus, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds.

    Where will the course take me?

    On successful completion of this course you can apply for the following courses:

    • Advanced Technical Diploma in Electrical Installations Level 3
    • Extended Diploma - Construction & The Built Environment Level 3
    • Electrical Apprenticeship Level 3

    Will I need any materials or equipment?

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    You should be encouraged to come along to our open events - meet the teaching staff and current students to find out more about the course before making a decision. If you wish to apply, this can be done online via the college website.

    Days & times

    Starting September 2023
    Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
    Wednesday 09:00 - 16:15
    Thursday 09:00 - 16:15

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