Further Education Colleges
FE colleges will accept students for electrical installation courses from age 16. Students aged 16-18 will qualify for government grants which will pay for all or most of the course costs. If you are older you will need to pay some or all the course fees.
There are colleges throughout the UK which offer electrical courses. Search online at the National Careers Service to find a course near you. Use the search term ‘electrical installation’. You can also call a careers advisor on 0800 100 900.
Electrical Installation (Levels 1, 2 and 3)
Known as City & Guilds 2365 this course will last two years and is the standard full time course to be taken by students aiming to qualify as electricians.
NVQ Diploma in Electrical Installation (Level 3)
A practical course with theory where you will learn a full range of electrical installation tasks
Wiring Regulations 17th Edition, 2382-15 (Level 3)
The 17th Edition course is a theory only course which teaches you how to understand use the IET Wiring Regulations. Every electrician in the UK needs to have this qualification. In 2018 this qualification is likely to be replaced the new Wiring Regulations: the 18th Edition. As it is a theory-only course, it is available online from Electacourse.
At Level 1, there are generally no entry requirements. You will gain entry by interview.
It is likely that before you can progress to Level 2, you will need to demonstrate skills in English and Maths, gained at school through GCSEs at Grade C or Functional Skills courses at your FE College.
Level 3 courses require successful completion of Level 2 courses.