Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrotechnical
About this course

Electricians work on a very wide range of projects, from bringing power to homes, repairing systems and taking part in major engineering projects.

An ever-developing industry, more and more electricians can now find themselves working with renewable technologies which can range from photovoltaic systems through to wind turbines.

Electrotechnical careers are divided into different areas:

  • Installation electrician - installing power systems, lighting, fire protection, security and data-network systems in all types of buildings
  • Maintenance electrician - checking systems regularly to make sure that they are working efficiently and safely
  • Electrotechnical panel builders - building and installing control panels that operate the electrical systems inside buildings
  • Machine repair and rewind electrician - repairing and maintaining electrical motors and other machinery like transformers to make sure that they work correctly
  • Highway systems electrician - installing and maintaining street lighting and traffic management systems that tell the public what they need to know when they're on the roads and motorways
What will I learn?

As an electrician, you will, install, inspect and test equipment and make sure that the systems work. You will also find and fix faults.

Entry requirements

A minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT and an additional electrical entrance test.

Study, assessment and qualifications

An advanced apprenticeship in this industry usually takes between 42 and 48 months to complete, although the actual duration will depend on your job role and previous experience.


You will be required to attend college for one day per week for three years

The Competence Element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio.

The Knowledge Element is delivered at our Wiltshire College Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, as a day release programme.

Functional Skills will be delivered as part of the day release programme.  A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Functional Skills will be delivered as part of the day release programme.  A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course. You will need access to a current edition of the IET wiring regualtions and On-Site Guide during the course.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.