Electronic Fire & Securities

As a leading training centre for electronic fire and security systems, New College Lanarkshire regularly invest in developing our Modern Apprenticeship and the methods of learning for the benefit of the security industry. Our specialist hub based at our Kirkintilloch campus allows our apprentices and industry specialists from across Scotland access to state-of-the-art equipment for training or up-skilling. In recent years the EFS MA has been updated to include areas of focus such as Fire Alarms, CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Access Control, Signalling and Networking.
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Course Information

01 What the student receives

To achieve the MA Award in Electronic Fire and Security Systems Level 3 from Skills for Security, candidates must successfully complete three course areas:

  • Personal Development Awards (PDA)
  • Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)
  • Log Book Assessments (OneFile) - an eportfolio journal for apprenticeships
02 What’s covered

Personal Development Award (PDA)

The PDA in Electronic Fire and Security Systems provides the underpinning knowledge required before entering the workplace.

The 11 units of the award are carried out through a mixture of classroom and distance learning.

In Year 1 learners will gain the basic knowledge needed to succeed in this industry. Topics covered include:

  • Installation Practices
  • Introduction to Security
  • Health and Safety
  • Principles

In Year 2 discipline specific subjects are covered along with standards and installation practices specific for that discipline. Topics covered include:

  • Intruder and Hold-Up Alarm Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems Installation
  • Access Control Installation
  • CCTV Systems Installations

Year 3 is where learners transition from young apprentices into engineers, learning the process and procedures for the following:

  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Signalling

Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)

The SVQ focuses on the practical elements of the course which students will demonstrate their understanding of in an onsite log book.

Over three years of the MA, learners will cover a range of units in the workshop, including:

  • Intruder Alarms - Wired, wireless and hybrid systems
  • Fire Alarms - Conventional and addressable systems
  • CCTV systems - Analogue and IP systems
  • Access Control Systems - Audio entry, stand-alone, networkable systems.

Once the units are covered in the workshop a student is expected to complete the same unit practically under supervision onsite with their employer. Units include:

Year 1

  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Give a positive image of yourself
  • Prepare for the installation

Year 2

  • Plan the Installation
  • Install electronic fire and security systems
  • Handover Electronic fire and security systems
  • Survey sites for the installation of electronic fire and security systems

Year 3

  • Commission electronic fire and security systems
  • Maintain the performance of electronic fire and security systems
  • Diagnose and rectify faults
  • Test and confirm the operation of electronic fire and security systems
  • Audit systems

Students complete 13 log books over the course of the three year MA relevant to what they are working towards onsite and in the workshop.

03 Career Prospects on completion
  • Fire and Security Installation Engineer
  • Fire and Security Service Engineer
  • Project/Installation Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Fire Protection Design Engineer
  • Fire and Security Installations Designer
  • Fire Risk Assessor and/or Auditor
  • Fire Risk Engineer
04 Entry Requirements

The recruitment and selection of Modern Apprentices is primarily the responsibility of the employer. However, the following guidance is given:

  • Employees may enter a Modern Apprenticeship from the age of 16. There is no upper age limit.
  • The Modern Apprenticeship is designed to attract high quality people to the industry. Achievement of academic qualifications is one way of assessing the suitability of applicants. However, it should be stressed that no persons should be deterred from applying for a Modern Apprenticeship because of a lack of formal educational qualifications.
  • App apprentices before recruitment should be able to demonstrate a basic level of maths and English at National Level 5 or equivalent.
  • Employers are advised to use the college pre-entry test during the recruitment process.

The following factors may also influence the selection process:

  • Performance during a formal interview process
  • References
  • Relevant work experience
  • Trial observation period
  • Vocational qualifications

Employers may wish to contact the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for advice and guidance of recruitment and selection.

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To register a candidate for our MA in Electronic Fire and Securities course please complete our EFS employer form. 

Please note all applications must be completed by an employer looking to enrol a candidate on the course.

Looking for more information before registering a candidate? Please contact our team directly by emailing apprenticeships@nclan.ac.uk

If you are not an employer and looking to embark on a career in Electronic Fire and Securities please have a look at our Electronic Fire and Security Systems Pre Apprenticeship course