Title | The Technical Academy - East Durham College

Level 1 Certificate & Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering

These are pre-employment qualifications that provide a route into the building services industry sector.


These pre-employment qualifications offer a broad introduction to the fundamental knowledge and practices within the sector, helping learners to progress into skilled trades.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol for the Level 1 Certificate candidates should be interested in pursuing a career as an electrician, plumber, heating and ventilating engineer or air conditioning engineer. At least four GCSEs at grade C or above are required to enrol on to the Level 2 Diploma.

What areas are covered by the course?

Both qualifications include Level 1 units to allow accelerated progression from Certificate to Diploma. These units cover fundamental operations in electrical installation, heating and ventilating, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning.

Each qualification also includes an overview of the sector and its roles, responsibilities and procedures, safe working practices, environmental protection measures and scientific principles at the appropriate level.

The Level 2 units can be carried forward to a trade-specific NVQ Diploma.

How is the course taught?

These qualifications are delivered entirely at The Technical Academy using classrooms and workshop facilities. Students will participate in lectures, practical work, tutorials, private study periods, projects and assignments.

How is the course assessed?

The Level 1 Certificate is assessed through written and practical assignments. The Level 2 Diploma includes three onscreen knowledge assessments, in addition to assignments.

Length of course

One year.

Progression/Career opportunities

Following successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma students can progress on to a range of level 2 and 3 courses in subjects such as electro-technical technology, refrigeration and air-conditioning, heating and ventilating or plumbing and heating installation. Students alternatively go on to Apprenticeship.

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