Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Available for: 16-19, Higher Education, Apprenticeships,


Are you interested in working in an industry with a global estimated growth of 70%?

The national and global demand for air conditioning and refrigeration engineers is rising due to a construction boom, rapid growth in emerging countries and a shift to environmental consciousness.

PROCAT courses are aimed at people looking to start a career in this industry. Studying a Level 2 college course for one year will equip you with the skills to progress onto an apprenticeship and become a qualified Engineer. 

Course Details

What you will study

You will develop a theoretical and practical knowledge of installing and maintaining refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems.

A learner studying this qualification will receive the advanced skills and understanding required to be able to understand and work on/trouble-shoot a wide variety of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. They will also experience the range of occupational roles within this industry. 

The importance of maths and English in daily life is beyond question. Almost every job requires the ability to read, write and use numbers confidently – especially in Construction or Engineering where you will be pricing jobs, measuring and completing tasks to precision.

English and maths qualifications are an essential element of your Study Programme and Apprenticeship training.


Grade 3 (D) or below you must study Functional Skills
Grade 4 (C) or above do not need Functional Skills

Study Programmes:

Grade 4 (C) or above students must study extended maths and English
Grade 3 (D) students must study GCSE maths and English

Self Study: 

PROCAT guidelines for self-study, meaning extra reading, researching and writing are as follows but of-course this is down to your own work ethic.

For a PASS:

Level 3: 1-2 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Level 4: 3-4 hours per week studying at home/outside of college
Degree Apprenticeship: 5-6 hours per week studying at home/outside of college

If you are looking for higher grades, then obviously more hours each week would need to be spent at home/outside of college studying.

Type of work

As a refrigeration and air conditioning engineer, your work could cover one of two broad areas:

Refrigeration – designing, installing and maintaining cooling systems in places like supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, food processing plants and factories.

Air conditioning – installing and servicing the systems that control air quality, temperature and humidity inside offices, schools, leisure complexes and other modern buildings.

Your duties could include surveying buildings where cooling systems are to be fitted, designing and installing systems, running quality checks to make sure systems are working properly and safely and diagnosing and fixing faults.

In this industry you would be at the forefront of protecting the environment. You would work with renewable energy technologies to improve energy efficiency, and special types of gas that don’t harm the ozone layer. You would also advise customers on how to reduce their energy consumption. 

Courses available

Level 2 Study Programme

Location: PROCAT Basildon Campus
Duration: 1 year
Study Format: 3 days per week

Level 2 Apprenticeship

Location: PROCAT Basildon Campus
Duration: 2 years
Study Format: 1 week in every 5 or 6 weeks (block release apprenticeship) 

Average earnings


Where can I learn?

This course is located in Basildon


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