Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Intermediate
31 August 20201 yearDerek Mcgrath

Entry Requirements

Candidates must either;

  • Have obtained at least GCSE Grade 4-9 (A-C) in English and Maths, and ideally GCSE grade 4-9 (A-C) in Science. Ideally candidates will be currently employed or will have been previously employed within the electrical industry.

OR must;

  • Have obtained a Level I electrical qualification, and have also achieved or are working towards Functional Skills in English and Maths at level 2, or have completed a Level II Basic Skills qualification in English and Maths or equivalent.

Or must;

  • Students who cannot fulfil the listed requirements (in a or b above) will be invited to undertake a screening assessment to ascertain their current working level of functional skills. A review of this assessment will take place and successful candidates will undertake a 6 week trial period on this course. At the end of this period a final decision will be made in consultation with the candidate as to the suitability of the candidate for this course.


Additionally all candidates need to produce references and to be successful at interview.

Because of the practical content of the course, general hand skills and hand/eye co-ordination are essential. Applicants must declare any difficulty with colour perception, as employment opportunities may be restricted.


This qualification is ideal for those candidates who have gained some on site electrical experience and wish to further their career or candidates who wish to enter the electrical industry.


Your course will be centred on developing the skills and knowledge required to become a practising electrician. Subject areas will include the requirements of BS7671 in relationship to domestic, commercial and industrial installations. You will learn the latest industry practices and techniques and this will be developed in both the classroom and workshop environment. Other areas for development will be of a scientific nature and will include the principles of motors. Generators, single phase and three phase theory.


The course is a combination of practical and theory workshops. Attendance is 2 days per week for Part Time across 1 academic year, or up to 4 days per week for Full Time across 1 academic year . In order to gain the full qualification you will be required to complete two practical assessments normally completed over a three to four day period together with four external City and Guilds examinations.


Opportunities exist to proceed to the Level 3 City and Guilds 2365 Technical Certificate or the Level 3 NVQ Diploma City and Guilds 2357.


It is a government requirement for all full time students under 19 years of age to undertake functional skills.

Work Experience

Work placements and any work experience are highly desirable but subject to availability.  All candidates are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to gain purposeful work experience during their course.  We will do all we can to assist in finding suitable opportunities.

The timetable is designed to give all candidates the opportunity to complete at least 36 hours of work experience within the academic week.


The College can offer a variety of additional qualifications and activities beyond the core course requirements.  All students are invited to complete additional qualifications.



Essential materials, books and equipment. You will be expected to provide yourself with:

Overalls and safety footwear (£40 approx.)

45º and 60º set squares, scale rule, calculator, writing materials (£15 approx.)

The Electricians tool kit consists of the following:

  • Insulated screwdrivers – large pozi, large flat blade and terminal screwdriver.
  • Insulated pliers, side cutters and wirestrippers,
  • 5m Tape measure
  • Hammer

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 2 learners Over the course of your Level 2 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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