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Access to Building Services Engineering (Plumbing, Electrical and Refrigeration) Level 1

Course Overview

To introduce students into the Building Services Engineering industry, allowing the students to learn the fundamentals and basic practical skills to give them an insight of what to expect if they wish to focus and progress onto the higher levels of the chosen specific trade.

What topics are covered?

The course is designed to broaden your understanding of the construction sector and it’s industries.


You will study four mandatory units:


  • Introduction to Building Services Engineering
  • Safe working practices
  • Environmental protection measures
  • Scientific principles


Plus four subject-specific:

  • Electrical
  • Heating and ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course provides an opportunity for students to explore a number of different building and engineering services allowing the student to get an insight into their chosen future pathway.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have completed secondary education with at least two GCSE’s at grade D /3or above, preferably in maths and English. You should have a desire to enter the plumbing, electrical installation, refrigeration and air-conditioning or other building services trades. You will be assessed by an aptitude test (Maths/English) and will also be interviewed.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • EAL Level 1 Certificate in Access to Building Services Engineering
  • EAL Level 1 Award in Introductory Welding Skills (oxy-acetylene)

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

There is a 50/50 combination of practical workshop activities and classroom-based theory sessions. As an integral part of the course you will also study functional skills in maths and English and employment skills.

How will I be assessed?

Practical coursework is assessed by our qualified trade assessors and theory work is assessed by a combination of coursework and end tests by the lecturer. Functional skills are assessed by exam.

What can I do after this course?

The Certificate in Access to Building Services Engineering allows you to investigate the industry and gain basic skills and knowledge before specialising in a discipline at level 2. Progression on to higher levels may be dependent on your attendance, motivation and academic ability whilst meeting the particular entry requirements for that course.

Are there any additional costs?

All learners are required to provide the following for their course:


  • Personal protective clothing overalls and safety boots/ shoes
  • A4 writing pads, pens,┬áring binder and sleeves


Learners must obtain the recommended plumbing textbook.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Engineering, Construction and Computing

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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