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Electrical

Studying Electrical Installation at South Devon College is the perfect place to begin your training for an exciting and varied career, in a trade that will stretch your practical skills and challenge you. Whether you want to work in the commercial and industrial sectors or concentrate solely in the domestic field, our courses cover the diverse electrical spectrum in its entirety, incorporating some of the most up-to-date eco-technologies available.

Your interest will be sparked by our fully equipped workshops and classrooms, where you will be taught by qualified, experienced and enthusiastic members of staff, all of whom bring their own unique industry perspective to your learning and will guide you through the course requirements in preparation for your assessments. You will be studying for your Electrical qualifications in an environment that encourages you to succeed and develop as a professional, which will help you find employment when you leave us.

Throughout your time with South Devon College you may also get the opportunity to work on-site, alongside our staff, participating in occasional community projects that are incredibly rewarding and look great on your CV.

If you are looking for an occupation that stretches your practical skills whilst challenging your theoretical knowledge, don't miss this opportunity and apply today.


Why South Devon College?

South Devon College is an outstanding place to learn, and the perfect place for your education and development. In 2014, we were delighted to be recognised as the top Further Education and Tertiary College in England, in results published by the Skills Funding Agency for 2012-13. We were also graded as 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection.

We are proud to promote a culture of success within the College, with fantastic results across the entirety of our provision. With an exceptional learning environment and our inspirational teaching team, we know that together, you will enjoy the same success in your studies and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Personalised Learning Programmes

Every student at South Devon College has a Personalised Learning Programme; a custom plan tailored to you as an individual that ensures you gain the academic, vocational and employability skills necessary to achieve your goals and find employment upon the completion of your studies.


Alicia Hatch: Electrical student

I studied on both the Level 2 and 3 courses in Electrical Installation, which provided me with the theoretical and practical skills required to find employment as an electrician. I now work as an Apprentice Electrician for JC Electrical, where the skills I gained are used on a daily basis. It's a varied and interesting job, and I'm really looking forward to progressing further in the industry.


Spencer Brown: Electrical lecturer

I was fortunate enough to complete an apprenticeship with a local, medium sized company then left to work for anotherr firm to gain more experience. I then made the decision to become self-employed, running my own company for 5 years before joining the College in 2013. I am continually learning new skills that enable me to pass on my experience and knowledge more effectively. For me, the most satisfying part of the job is teaching skills that can influence a person's life for the better and laying the important foundations for their future.

We have 3 fulltime courses in Electrical:

Electrical Installation - Level 1 Diploma

The Electrical Installation Level 1 Diploma is delivered at both our Paignton and Newton Abbot campuses, in our fully equipped workshops and excellent classroom facilities. This course is perfect for developing essential skills that will form the foundation of your learning. You will learn about electrical science and the key principles in the electrical industry, before applying this knowledge in practical sessions. Workshop lessons will develop your skills in areas such as site and tool safety, as well as various methods of installation. Upon completion, you can progress to the Level 2 Diploma, or consider entering employment.

What will I learn?

  • Health and safety
  • Environmental awareness
  • Theoretical installation methods
  • Practical installation methods
  • Electrical science, principles and technology
  • English and maths skills

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to be working towards achieving Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to be working towards achieving English at Level 1
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
  • You will be required to carry out an aptitude test

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Electrical Installation - Level 2 Diploma

This Electrical Installation course is designed to develop your skills, helping you progress and learn at a more advanced level. You will begin using power tools that will enable you to install a variety of different types of electrical circuits. You will study both practical and theoretical skills necessary to become an Electrical Improver, as defined by the Joint Industry Board. The Electrical Installation Level 2 Diploma can also be used as part of an NVQ Level 3 qualification if suitable employment is found within the electrical industry.

What will I learn?

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical theory and technologies
  • Theoretical electrical installation methods and procedures
  • Practical installation craft skills
  • Electrical science and principles
  • English and maths skills

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You must have completed an appropriate vocational qualification at Level 1
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus
  • Newton Abbot Campus

Electrical Installation - Level 3 Diploma

The Electrical Installation Level 3 Diploma is perfect for developing highly advanced skills that will enable you to excel in the future. You will develop your existing knowledge, as you look at scientific aspects of the trade in more detail. You will continue learning inspection and testing techniques, as well as fault finding concepts, learning in both classroom and workshop environments. This course can be used as part of an NVQ Level 3 qualification alongside suitable employment. Upon completion, you will be able to enter employment in a variety of roles and professions such as a site supervisor, electrician or construction manager.

What will I learn?

  • Environmental legislation and technologies
  • Electrical preparation and designing
  • Theory and practical installation techniques
  • Inspection, test and commission of electrical installations
  • Fault diagnosis
  • Electrical science and principles
  • English and Maths skills

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 2
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 2
  • You must have completed an appropriate vocational qualification at Level 2
  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Apprenticeships with South Devon College

Could an Apprenticeship be the right path for you?

South Devon College is a leading provider of apprenticeships, offering nearly 40 different types of apprenticeships and we work with over 1000 apprentices and 500 employers a year. Our apprenticeship are the perfect option for you if you want to study towards a qualification and increase your employability whilst getting paid.

By working in your chosen trade or sector, you'll be developing vocational experience that employers look for and putting the skills you learn at the College into practice, giving you the ideal preparation for starting a career.

We offer a wide variety of apprenticeship frameworks, working at a range of levels across different industries and job roles, so we are confident that we can find the right course to help you achieve your goals. To find out more about South Devon College's apprenticeship programmes, click here:


My future with South Devon College

Careers: I want to be...

Our courses at South Devon College have been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge employers seek, enabling you to find employment and take the first steps towards a successful career. Our Electrical courses will help you gain employment in the following industries:

Work with my hands

If you want to work with your hands, outside of an office and getting involved in the thick of the action, then we have the course for you. Whether you want to build, create or change, our courses will lead to a rewarding career as:


Electrician