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T Level

Engineering & Manufacturing T Level

Subject Area
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
2 years
Level 3

This qualification will develop your knowledge, skills and professional behaviours across a wide range of engineering and manufacturing occupations and industries, and is delivered through a mixture of classroom theory and academic study, practical learning and 315 hours industry placement with an employer/s. The three components which make up the course are:

  • Common Core
  • Occupational Specialism
  • Industry Placement

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with engineering employers and businesses so that it meets the needs of industry, and to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training relevant to the T Level. The development of English, maths and digital skills are also built into the T Level, meaning students will be given a solid foundation of transferable skills.

Entry requirements

You will have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, specifically achieving 4’s or above in English and Sciences, and a grade 5 or above in Maths.

What will I study?

As well as developing your knowledge, skills and behaviours across a range of engineering and manufacturing occupations and industries, we also aim to develop your engineering mindset by developing wider skills such as problem solving, adaption, visualising, improving and systems thinking. This will ensure you can apply skills for different purposes and in different roles.

Common Core units include:

Maths and Science Principles for Engineering

  • Essential Mathematics for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Essential Science for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Materials and their Properties
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Engineering in Context

  • Working within the Engineering and Manufacturing Sectors
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Past, Present, and Future
  • Engineering Representations
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Control Systems
  • Quality Management
  • Health and Safety Principles and Coverage
  • Business, Commercial and Financial Awareness
  • Professional Responsibilities, Attitudes and Behaviours
  • Stock and Asset Management
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Project and Programme Management

Employer Set Project

The employer-set project provides the opportunity to develop and apply a range of core skills and knowledge which are important for employability. This is an externally set project by an employer where you might be asked to design a solution to a given engineering problem, or to re-engineer a product, component, or engineering system to improve it. This will require you to use a range of skills and knowledge from materials, systems, maths, science, design, etc. as well as organisational, problem solving, evaluation, research and analysis skills to name a few.

    Occupational Specialisms:

    Subject to applications we are offering a choice of pathways from:

    • Design & Development
    • Manufacturing, Processing & Control

    Occupational specialisms depend on the pathway you have chosen, for example Design & Development could include specialisms such as Mechanical or Electrical & Electronic disciplines; and the Manufacturing, Processing and Control pathway could include Production Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Processing Technology or Materials Technology. You will study both the theoretical and applied aspects of the specialism and carry out a range of assessed tasks/assignments.

    Industry Placement

    The industry placement allows you to develop and apply your subject specific skills as well as those necessary to working in any environment, such as effective planning, working with others, health and safety and professional behaviours. You will have support finding an appropriate placement/s and will be required to complete a total of 45 days (315 hours). You are required to create evidence of your personal learning and development throughout the placement too. The majority of the placement hours will be carried out in the second year of the course.

      This qualification will be offered for the first time in September 2022 therefore details may be subject to change.

      Method of delivery

      Your lessons will be timetabled across four days per week in Year One. These lessons will take place in the relevant environment to what you are studying i.e. you could be in a normal classroom, Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) suite, Advanced Manufacturing Centre or Mechanical Engineering Workshop, relevant to the content you are studying. Using a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques will support you in developing the skills and knowledge for your core examinations and employer set task, and your occupational specialist assignments.

      How will I be assessed?

      Core Content components

      • Core paper 1 – external examination – Maths and Science Principles for Engineering (35%)
      • Core paper 2 – external examination – Engineering in Context (35%)
      • Employer-set project (30%)
      To achieve a grade for the Core Content component, you must have results for both examinations and achieved the Employer-set project. The combined results from these will be aggregated to form the overall Core Content component grade (A* to E – pass grades).

      Occupational Specialism

      Synoptic tasks and assignments – these could be a combination of written & practical activities which assess a range of criteria in relation to your chosen specialism, and graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

      Industry Placement

      Completion of 45 days industry placement.

      Good course combinations

      This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

      Your next steps

      This technical qualification will support students onto a broad range of progression routes including employment, higher education Engineering Degree programmes or Advanced/Higher Apprenticeships.

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