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How to get into Building Services Engineering

What should you choose to study at school, college or university? 

To get started, you will need

  • GCSE Mathematics (grade 4 or higher)
  • GCSE Science of Physics/Chemistry (grade 4 or higher)

It's also useful to study GCSE Design and Technology.

Once you've got your GCSE's there are three main ways into a Building Services career.

  1. A-levels in Maths and Science leading to a degree course at university in building services engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or other related degrees.
  2. Find a college that offers T levels in Building Services Engineering or Design, Surveying and Planning. These qualifications include work experience.
  3. Earn while you learn and become an apprentice. Look for an apprenticeship with a company in building services or construction. The government careers website can help with this.

Career route maps

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Engineering in England

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Accredited academic programmes

A list of CIBSE accredited academic programmes leading to Engineering Council registration at Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporate Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng) level

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