Where will this course lead?

If you are interested in working as an electrician and look forward to the challenge of work, but want to keep learning in a practical way, then this course is for you.

An Advanced Apprenticeship is a way for you to acquire the skills required to become a fully-qualified electrician. It provides the opportunity to get the qualifications and experience you will need for jobs of the future.

Apprenticeships also offer quality training to industry standards. They are designed by employers for employers - so you can be sure you are getting the skills the industry want.

You must be employed as the practical element is assessed at your workplace.

What will I study?

During the apprenticeship, you will study:

- Unit 301: Health and Safety Legislation
- Unit 302: Environmental Legislation
- Unit 303: Working Practices and the Principles of Environmental Technology Systems
- Unit 304: Planning and Selection for the Installation of Electrotechnical Equipment and Systems
- Unit 305: Preparation and Installation of Wiring Systems
- Unit 306: Termination and Connection of Conductors, Cables and Cords in Electrical Systems
- Unit 307: Inspection, Testing, Commissioning and Certification
- Unit 308: Diagnosing and Correcting Electrical Faults
- Unit 309: Electrical Principles associated with the Design, Building, Installation and Maintenance of Electrical Equipment and Systems
- Unit 311: Applying Health and Safety Legislation and Working Practices
- Unit 312: Applying Environmental Legislation and Working Practices
- Unit 313: Overseeing and Organising the Work Environment
- Unit 315: Planning, Preparing and Installing Wiring Systems
- Unit 316: Terminating and Connecting Conductors, Cables and Flexible Cords
- Unit 317: Inspecting, Testing, Commissioning and Certifying Electrotechnical Systems
- Unit 318: Diagnosing and Correcting Electrical Faults
- Unit 399: Electrotechnical Occupational Competence AM2

How will this course be delivered?

You will receive comprehensive training at work and attend College on a day-release or evening basis.

This will give you the opportunity to do real work, developing work-based skills that employers value, helping you to progress in your chosen career.

The College will provide an appointed work placement co-ordinator and assessor who will visit you in your workplace and support and assess how you are progressing. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards your qualification.

What qualifications will I get?

NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnology, City & Guilds - 2357 Level 3

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge units:

- Projects/assignments, external assessments/tests and professional discussion

Performance units:

- Practical activities in the workplace or as appropriate in simulated conditions.

All Performance Units will be assessed and evidence referenced in a log book which is downloadable from the website.

Apprenticeships are built around Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), formerly National Vocational Qualifications (NVQSs). You will work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnology, City & Guilds - 2357.

You will be assessed on your knowledge by on line tests, written tests and written assignments within the college and you will be assessed on practical tasks in the workplace; here you will gather evidence to prove that you can meet the required standards set by the industry.

You will also need to complete a three day external assessment - Achievement Measurement 2 (AM2) this is done at a provider of your choosing; there is a cost to this.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to attend a College interview.

Once accepted, you will spend two evenings per week in College over 3 years, some practical assessments may mean attending the college during a daytime to complete.

Students will also need to spend study time at home.

What are the entry requirements?

GCSEs in the A*/9 - C/3 range or equivalent qualifications in Maths, English, Science and IT Entry is also subject to an initial assessment which will be carried out at College.

What else do I need to know?

You will need a copy of BS7671 and the IEE on site guide as well as text books.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

Upon completion of this apprenticeship you can go on to the City and Guilds 2394 and 2395 - Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations.