Engineering: Design and Development for Engineering & Manufacturing T-level


Do you have an excellent eye for design? Do you want to know how things work? Can you problem solve in creative and imaginative ways? You may have the right brain to become an engineer. This course takes you on a journey of discovery to help you understand how materials, environment and actual application of engineering can influence design and development of new things. You’ll learn about the exciting use of skills to solve real world problems, industry, career opportunities, sustainable green engineering, and the thrust of commercial applications. You’ll study a standard core set of themes that give you a fantastic head start in getting to grips with the world of engineering, then specialisms within the course including electrical, mechanical and structural elements for when you find your aspirational path.

What will I study in Engineering: Design and Development for Engineering & Manufacturing T-level?

You will study a range of core modules from typical Engineering modules such as:

  • Working within the Engineering and Manufacturing Sectors
  • Essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing
  • Essential science for engineering and manufacturing
  • Materials and their properties
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles

to more business focused modules, such as:

  • Recognised standards in engineering and manufacturing
  • Professional responsibilities, attitudes, and behaviours

The full list can be found at the website below:

Employer-set project

The employer-set project ensures students have the opportunity to combine core knowledge and skills to develop a substantial piece of work in response to an employer set brief. The employer-set project forms part of the Technical Qualification and is a separate part of the T Level programme to the Industry Placement.

Occupational Specialist Content

Specialist content is structured into different occupational specialisms, which correspond to the apprenticeship standards listed on the relevant occupational map. Occupational specialisms ensure students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a level of competence needed to enter employment in the occupational specialism, and are organised around ‘performance outcomes’ that indicate what the student will be able to do, as a result of learning and applying the specified knowledge and skills.

There are two occupational specialisms in the Design & Development Course; Mechanical Engineering and Electrical / Electronic Engineering

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above from the basket subjects, including Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 4 in English Language.

Students with a Grade 5 in Maths will be enrolled on Maths GCSE (Higher tier). This course will run from November to May of Year 1 and will support progress on the Engineering T-level.

What is the T-level industry placement?

The Industry Placement

Your industry placement gives you a great opportunity to put your learning into practice and develop your technical skills and knowledge for the industry your placement is in. It will help you to progress once you have finished your T-level, whether that is directly into employment, an apprenticeship, or more education.

This is a compulsory part of your T-level, and you must complete it to get your T-level certificate. You will spend a minimum of 315 hours on your placement, or 750 hours for Childcare and Education T-level students.

How will I learn?

There will obviously be a lot of classroom based activities, with lectures, debates and workshops occurring throughout the two years but a key component of the T level is the work placement.  This is a substantial element of the course and equates to 45 days (315 hours) of your course.

How will I be assessed?

  • 2 Core exam papers taken in May of Year 2.
  • An 18 hour Employer Set Project in November of Year 2.
  • A 30 hour Occupational Specialism Assessment in May of Year 2
  • Minimum 315 hours of work placement with one or two employers across the 2 years of the course

Any trips?

Yes, we will be organising a number of various trips to take advantage of the excellent situation within which Cirencester lies - at the heart of much of the best of British Engineering.

Companies such as:

  • Rolls Royce
  • Dyson
  • Machynlleth Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Renishaw

will be possible options to visit, but we will also visit a number of different sites, such as Cosford RAF Museum, the Ironbridge World Heritage Site in Shropshire and the Amazon Distribution Centre in Swindon.

Are there any costs involved?

There will be costs for transport to your work placement and you will have to pay a small amount for materials.  There will be costs associated with the trips but these will be kept to a minimum.

A laptop suitable for CAD work would be useful but not compulsory for this course. REQUIREMENT FOR T LEVELS.pdf

Cirencester College offers a generous Bursary Scheme, which may be able to assist with the cost of these items. All details can be found under Financial Support.


Do I need to be good at Maths?

There is a lot of Maths involved in Engineering so the standard is quite high - you will need to be able to access a similar standard to A-level Maths.

Is there much practical work involved?

Yes, LOTS! You have 315 hours of work placement, at least, and many of your units in College will have a practical element to them as well.

What sort of progression is there from the T-level in Engineering?

A quick answer would be to say - lots of different opportunities! Anything ranging from a full apprenticeship to Higher Education Degree Courses in Engineering.

The T-level also offers you a useful route straight into employment or even self-employment.

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T Level
[168 UCAS pts. available]

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