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Full Time Course 2013/14


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CONTENTS Introduction 5 Full Time Courses Level 1 Certificate & Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering

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Level 2 in Electrotechnical Technology

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Level 3 in Electrotechnical Technology

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Level 1 Diploma in Multi-Craft Trade Skills (Plumbing, Kitchen/Bathroom Fitting, Tiling & Plastering)

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CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors (Plumbing, Bathroom & Kitchen Fitting Skills)

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Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing & Heating

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Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation

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CSkills Level 1 Diploma in Plastering

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CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Plastering

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CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Plastering

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CSkills Level 1 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling

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CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling

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CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling

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Our Partners

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Our Training Facilities

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Where to find Us

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The Direct Route to Industry The Technical Academy

The Technical Academy was established in September 2010 with the aim of re-creating a professional, construction-based working environment where learners could receive the latest training in trade areas that today’s industry needs.

state-of-the-art The Technical Academy offers training and courses in: Electrical Technology Gas Installation & Maintenance Fitted Interiors (Kitchen/Bathroom Fitting & Plumbing) Plastering Plumbing & Heating Wall & Floor Tiling Construction Skills Building Services - Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Gas, Electric & Plumbing Our state-of-the-art facility on the South West Industrial Estate, in Peterlee, provides the region with a true centre of excellence. The Academy is located in about 37,000 sq ft. of space with a vast workshop area, training classrooms and IT suite. Because the workshop space is open plan, it creates interaction between all trades - and therefore simulates a real construction working environment.

The Technical Academy is continually building important partnerships with leading construction companies, such as Baxi, CTD, Keepmoat and Kier. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products. Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction industry and today’s employers demand.

Free College Bus Service Available to all full time students, aged 16 to 18, with pickup points across the north east.

We employ teams of highly-skilled tradesmen who are first-class construction training practitioners. Their experienced, expert approach brings students up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

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Level 1 Certificate & Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering These are pre-employment qualifications that provide a route into the building services industry sector.

build your engineering path Introduction These pre-employment qualifications offer a broad introduction to the fundamental knowledge and practices within the sector, helping learners to progress into skilled trades. Entry requirements In order to enrol for the Level 1 Certificate candidates should be interested in pursuing a career as an electrician, plumber, heating and ventilating engineer or air conditioning engineer. At least four GCSEs at grade C or above are required to enrol for the Level 2 Diploma. What areas are covered by the course? Both qualifications include Level 1 units to allow accelerated progression from Certificate to Diploma. These units cover fundamental operations in electrical installation, heating and ventilating, plumbing, refrigeration and air conditioning. Each qualification also includes an overview of the sector and its roles, responsibilities and procedures, safe working practices, environmental protection measures and scientific principles at the appropriate level. The Level 2 units can be carried forward to a trade-specific NVQ Diploma.

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How is the course taught? These qualifications are delivered entirely at The Technical Academy using classrooms and workshop facilities. Students will participate in lectures, practical work, tutorials, private study periods, projects and assignments. How is the course assessed? The Level 1 Certificate is assessed through written and practical assignments. The Level 2 Diploma includes three onscreen knowledge assessments, in addition to assignments. Length of course One year. Progression opportunities Following successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma students can progress on to a range of Level 2 and 3 courses in subjects such as electro-technical technology, refrigeration and air-conditioning, heating and ventilating or plumbing and heating installation. Students alternatively go on to Apprenticeship.


This qualification is designed to help learners gain the skills and knowledge they need to work in the electrotechnical industry. It is aimed at students who wish to start their journey on the road to becoming an electrician.

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Level 2 in Electrotechnical Technology

spark your career into life Entry requirements In order to be accepted on this course candidates must have five GCSEs grades A* to C which must include Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English. What areas are covered by the course? Core Units: Working effectively and safely in the electrotechnical environment Principles of electrotechnology Application of health and safety and electrical principles Occupational Units: Installation (Buildings and structures) Electrical maintenance Highway electrical systems Installing instrumentation and associated equipment Electrotechnical panel building Electrical machines repair and rewind

How is the course assessed? The course is assessed in a variety of ways. Multiple choice online tests will assess knowledge and understanding. Time based practical activities throughout the year, as well as a number of graded assignments. Length of course One year. Progression opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to progress on to an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship, the Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology or other construction courses and training.

How is the course taught? The course is taught via a range of practical activities in the workshop which are supported by theory sessions in the classroom. Learners are required to complete assignments and practical activities throughout the year whilst collecting evidence for a portfolio.

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Level 3 in Electrotechnical Technology This qualification is aimed at those who wish to progress their future careers in the eletrotechnical industry. Learners will gain more knowledge of the industry and build the skills required to start a career in this industry.

be a bright spark Entry requirements In order to be accepted on this course candidates must have five GCSEs grades A* to C which must include Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English. Candidates must also have completed a Level 2 course in electrotechnical technology. What areas are covered by the course? Core Unit: Application of health and safety and electrical principles Occupational Units: The units studied will depend on the individual pathway chosen by the student. Students must choose one of six occupational pathways: Installation (Buildings and structures) Electrical maintenance Instrumentation and associated equipment Highway electrical systems and associated equipment Electrotechnical panel building Electrical machines rewind and repair

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How is the course taught? The course is taught via a range of practical activities in the workshop which are supported by theory sessions in the classroom. Learners are required to complete assignments and practical activities throughout the year whilst collecting evidence for a portfolio. How is the course assessed? The course is assessed in a variety of ways. Multiple choice online tests will assess knowledge and understanding. Time based practical activities throughout the year, as well as a number of graded assignments. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship, other construction options or move into employment in the industry.


This course offers a broad introduction to the fundamental knowledge and practices within the building sector, helping learners to progress into skilled trades.

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Level 1 Diploma in Multi-Craft Trade Skills (Plumbing, Kitchen/Bathroom Fitting, Tiling & Plastering)

building success Entry requirements

How is the course assessed?

In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in pursuing a career in the building trade.

The Level 1 Diploma is assessed through written and practical assignments by the course tutor. Candidates will work towards a pass, merit or distinction grade.

What areas are covered by the course? The qualification covers basic plumbing of hot and cold water and waste systems, installation of kitchens and bathrooms, wall and floor tiling plus plastering and rendering. The course also covers safe working practices and other associated skills covered in the planning and setting out for construction work. How is the course taught?

Length of course One year. Progression opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities on to qualifications in fitted interiors, tiling and plumbing at higher level.

The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions. The qualification consists of qualification credits. Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills with in the units.

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CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors (plumbing, Bathroom & Kitchen Fitting Skills) This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within fitted interiors. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as bathroom/ kitchen fitters.

the perfect fit Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in interior fitting and construction. Candidates must have a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English. What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Know how to install fitted furniture Know how to install basic plumbing

How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions. The qualification consists of qualification credits. Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units. How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations and assignments. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to the CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Fitted Interiors or further education. Progression may be to Diplomas, A Levels or into employment in the construction industry.

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Level 2 Diploma in PLUMBING & HEATING This course provides the opportunity to start developing the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to become a plumber.

a plumb job Entry requirements At least four GCSEs at grade C or above are required to enrol on to the Level 2 Diploma. What areas are covered by the course? This qualification comprises of three common mandatory units: Key plumbing principles Common plumbing processes Central heating system (pipework only) Environmental awareness in plumbing The course then goes on to cover the following: Non-fusion thermal joining techniques Pipework fixing Bending and jointing methods Pipework systems

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How is the course taught? This course is delivered entirely at The Technical Academy using classrooms and workshop facilities. Students will participate in lectures, practical work, tutorials, private study periods, projects and assignments. How is the course assessed? The course is assessed through written and practical assignments. Length of course One year. Progression opportunities Following successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma students can progress on to a range of Level 2 and 3 courses or an Apprenticeship. These can lead to employment as a central heating plumber.


Level 3 Diploma in gas utilisation The Technical Academy

This qualification is aimed at those students wishing to progress their future careers in the gas maintenance industry. The course will provide you with the skills and experience you need to install and maintain gas systems safely in people’s homes.

Cooking on gas Entry requirements In order to be accepted on this course candidates must have five GCSEs grades A* to C which must include Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English. What areas are covered by the course? Students must complete nine core units: Design natural gas systems Specify programmes for working on natural gas systems and components Plan the work activities for natural gas systems and components Commission and decommission natural gas systems Maintain a safe working environment for all natural gas related work Establish, maintain and develop effective working relationships with others for all natural gas related work Contribute to the improvement of business products and services for natural gas related work Apply gas safety measures to domestic natural gas related work activities Install complex natural gas systems and components

How is the course taught? The course is taught via a range of practical activities in the workshop which are supported by theory sessions in the classroom. Learners are required to complete assignments and practical activities throughout the year whilst collecting evidence for a portfolio. How is the course assessed? The course is assessed in a variety of ways. Multiple choice online tests will assess knowledge and understanding. Time based practical activities throughout the year, as well as a number of graded assignments. You will also be assessed in the workplace. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to progress into employment or other construction courses and training. This qualification could also lead on to an apprenticeship.

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The Technical Academy

CSkills Level 1 Diploma in Plastering This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within plastering. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as plasterers.

a smooth career path Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in plastering and construction.

How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions.

What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction

Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units.

Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Know how to prepare background surfaces and plaster materials Know how to apply plaster materials to internal backgrounds Know how to produce components from moulds

How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations, assignments and an online exam. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to the CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Plastering or further education.

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This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within plastering. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as plasterers.

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CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Plastering

we’ve got it covered Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in plastering and construction.

How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions.

What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction

Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units.

Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Know how to apply plaster materials to external surfaces Know how to fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors Know how to form sand and cement screeds Know how to produce plaster components Know how to apply plaster materials to internal surfaces Know how to position and secure fibrous plaster components

How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations, assignments and an online exam. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to the CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Plastering or further education. Progression may be to Diplomas, A Levels or into employment in the construction industry.

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The Technical Academy

CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Plastering This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within plastering. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as plasterers.

achieve the perfect finish Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in plastering and construction. It is preferred that students have completed the CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Plastering prior to enrolling on this course. What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction

Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units.

Knowledge of building methods and construction technology

How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations, assignments and an online exam. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades.

Know how to fix dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors

Length of course One year.

Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others

Know how to produce plaster components Know how to position and secure fibrous plaster components Know how to apply plaster materials to produce complex internal surfaces Know how to apply plaster materials to produce complex external surfaces Know how to form screeds and granolithic finishes Know how to prepare and run in-situ moulds

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How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions.

Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to further education or into employment in the construction industry.


This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within wall and floor tiling. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as tilers.

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CSKILLS LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA IN WALL & FLOOR TILING

as smooth as silk Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in wall and floor tiling and pursuing a career within the construction industry. What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Handle and store construction materials and components Mix construction materials Set out for construction materials Prepare tiles for fixing to wall and floor installations Apply and fix tiling materials to wall and floor installations

How is the course taught? The course has been specifically developed for delivery in a training environment using simulated conditions and is mainly workshop based. This is supported by practical and theory session where learners are required to complete assignments to demonstrate their skills within the units. How is the course assessed? Assessments of candidates will be continually made by their course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to the CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling and also provides a progression route towards further qualifications.

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The Technical Academy

CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within wall and floor tiling. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as tilers.

a good grounding... Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in tiling and construction.

How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions.

What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction

Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units.

Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Know how to form sand and cement screeds Know how to prepare backgrounds for tiling Know how to tile floor surfaces Know how to tile wall surfaces

How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations and assignments. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to the CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling or further education. Progression may be to Diplomas, A Levels or into employment in the construction industry.

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This Diploma provides candidates with a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills training to become qualified within wall and floor tiling. The qualification is aimed at students wishing to join the construction industry as tilers.

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CSkills Level 3 Diploma in Wall & Floor Tiling

building people, building britain Entry requirements In order to enrol for this qualification, candidates should be interested in tiling and construction. It is preferred that students have completed the CSkills Level 2 Diploma in Wall and Floor Tiling prior to enrolling on this course. What areas are covered by the course? Know how to carry out safe working practices in construction Knowledge of information, quantities and communicating with others Knowledge of building methods and construction technology Know how to provide drainage for tiled surfaces Know how to produce internal and external sand and cement backgrounds Know how to produce tiles, mosaic and stone surface finishes

How is the course taught? The course is mainly workshop based, supported by practical and theory sessions. Learners are required to complete assignments and collect relevant evidence to demonstrate their skills within the units. How is the course assessed? Students are required to complete practical work, case studies, presentations and assignments. Assessments of candidates will be made by the course tutor, and candidates will work towards pass, merit or distinction grades. Length of course One year. Progression/Career opportunities Completion of this qualification provides learners with progression opportunities to further education or into employment in the construction industry.

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The trade can offer a great career choice and a great salary too. Construction skills are also a great route if you’d like to work overseas.

Average salaries* in the trade Gas Electrical Plumbing Fitter

£37,500 per year £32,500 per year £27,000 per year £24,449 per year

*totaljobs.com as of August 2012

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The Technical Academy is continually building partnerships with leading construction companies, such as the likes of BAL, CTD, RUBI and Weber. These partners play a vital role in ensuring that we provide the best training, using the latest products and also provide work placements for our students.

The information in this prospectus is, as far as possible, accurate at the time of publication, but is subject to change for unforeseen reasons at the College’s absolute discretion.

East Durham College reserves the right to amend, withdraw, cancel, alter or amalgamate any or part of the programme, locations, facilities or costs at any time.

East Durham College takes all reasonable steps to provide services as set out in this prospectus; it does not, however, guarantee the provision of such educational services, programmes and facilities.

All courses are run subject to enrolment of minimum numbers.

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Our Partners

Please check the website for the most up-to-date information which should be consulted before application.

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Our Training facilities Our state-of-the-art facility on the South West Industrial Estate, in Peterlee, provides the region with a true centre of excellence. The Academy is located in about 37,000 sq ft. of space with a vast workshop area. Because the workshop space is open plan, it creates interaction between all trades - and therefore provides a simulated real working environment. In addition, our first-class IT suite has all the equipment you need to complete your training.

Plastering Training Area

66m

Fitted Interiors Training Area

Electrical Training Area In Association with Seaward

31m

Classroom

Plastering Training Area Baxi Training Area

Gas Training Area

47m

Gas Assessment Area

Wedi - Building Boards Area

Wall & Floor Tiling Bay

Wall & Floor Tiling Bay

Classroom

Student Entrance Wall & Floor Tiling Bay

Electrical Assessment Room

Free Car Park Pool Tables Classroom

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Student Seating Area

To Staff Offices and the Classroom & IT Suite on first floor


Where to find Us

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The Technical Academy 1 Palmer Road, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham SR8 2HU Reception

0191 518 5577

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The Technical Academy 1 Palmer Road, South West Industrial Estate, Peterlee, Co. Durham SR8 2HU Reception

0191 518 5577 Student Services

0191 518 8222

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