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Target audience 

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to progress to a career in the building services engineering section of construction, primarily Electricians, Plumbers and Heating engineers. Designed by key employers, T Levels are a brand new two year programme choice for school leavers, which ensure you have the skills and knowledge businesses want and prepares you for work, apprenticehips and higher education. T Levels ably combine classroom theory, practical skills and on-site industrial knowledge. Those who complete a T Level are well placed to develop full occupational competence in their chosen field or go on to successful higher study.

Entry requirements 

Typically, a prospective learner will have five or more GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including Maths and English, and preferably science/technology subjects. Prospective learners will be interviewed by a specialist member of the School of Construction and the Built Environment to assess their suitability.

Course content 

There are two Building Services Engineering for Construction occupational specialisms that will be ran from September 2023:

  • Plumbing and Heating Engineering
  • Electrotechnical Engineering

There are a range of core units covering the knowledge, understanding and application of contexts, concepts, theories and principles relating to the following areas:

  • Health and safety in construction
  • Construction design principles
  • Construction and the Built Environment industry
  • Construction sustainability principles
  • Building technology principles
  • Tools, equipment and materials
  • Construction science principles
  • Construction measurement principles
  • Construction information and data principles
  • Relationship management in construction
  • Digital technology in construction
  • Construction commercial/business principles
  • Building Services Engineering (BSE) systems
  • Maintenance principles

The core component will be assessed by two exams and an employer set project.  Learners will study the content of their occupational specialism (either Electrical Engineering or Plumbing and Heating Engineering), focusing on relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours, framed around practical tasks linked to that specialism, as follows:

Electrical Engineering

  • Install electrotechnical systems
  • Commission electrotechnical systems
  • Maintain electrotechnical systems
  • Decommission electrotechnical systems

Plumbing and Heating Engineering

  • Install plumbing and heating systems
  • Commission plumbing and heating systems
  • Maintain plumbing and heating systems
  • Decommission plumbing and heating systems

Typically, learners will learn to analyse and interpret the requirements of a practical task, plan and prepare for the task, perform the task safely and accurately, review and evaluate the outcomes of the task and effectively communicate throughout the task.  In addition to classroom and workshop-based learning, learners will complete a 45 day industry placement with a locally-based building services engineering company over the course of the two years.  This will typically start in January of year 1.  This will allow learners to put their studies into context and further develop their skills in a real work environment.



Assessment criteria 

Formal summative assessment is by way of exams, project work and practical assignments. In year 1, there will be two, 150 minute written exams and a 17 hours externally set project completed over a number of days. The occupational specialism content covered in year 2 is assessed by a single synoptic assessment completed over several days. Students are given a specified time (Electrotechnical engineering: 24 hours, Plumbing: 21 hours, Heating engineering: 20 hours). Learners must also complete at least 315 hours of industry placement over the course of the 2 years in order to qualify for the T Level. The overall grade of the qualification is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and is dependent on the grades achieved in the above assessments.


Upon successful completion of this programme of study, learners will hold qualifications that are recognised nationally by further and higher education establishments, as well as employers and other stakeholders.  This will enable them to progress to employment, higher apprenticeships and further study.  Students can progress on to a career in the building services engineering sector, with a focus on electrotechnical engineering, plumbing or heating engineering.  Job roles could include:

  • Domestic Plumber
  • Commercial Plumber
  • Heating Engineer
  • Installation Electrician
  • Maintenance Electrician

The jobs available to students will be based on their individual abilities in the construction sector and will be supported by their achievement of this qualification.  Where students do not have access to an Apprenticeship or would prefer a more academic route, they could progress onto relevant qualifications such as higher level technical studies, degree level apprenticeships, degree courses or an apprenticeship in an occupational specialism.


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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