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Vocational & T Level

Design & Development for Engineering & Manufacturing Foundation Programme to T Level (Level 2)

Subject Area
Engineering
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Level
Level 2

This Foundation programme has been specifically designed for students who wish to progress on to a Level 3 T Level in Engineering in the future and have come close to the entry criteria for the T Level with GCSE grade 4/5 in Maths on the Foundation Paper.

This programme 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 academic study, project work and practical skills development.

Entry requirements

You will have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, specifically achieving minimum grade 4 in Maths and Sciences, and have been studying Foundation Maths.

What will I study?

The programme will include the following content in line with developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours ready to make a smooth transition to the T Level the following year:

  • Engineering Maths
  • Engineering Science (Mechanical & Electrical/Electronic)
  • EAL Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (6 units) such as practical skills development, health & safety, teamworking and organisational skills.
  • Work placement and preparation for work placement activities
  • Design Project: where you will design a solution to a given engineering problem, using a range of skills and knowledge from materials, systems, maths, science, design, organisational, problem-solving, evaluation, research and analysis skills to name a few
  • Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing skills
  • GCSE English resit if a grade 4 or above has not been achieved

A range of assessment methods will be used across the programme, from assignments to internal exams, practical assessment tasks and knowledge questions.

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 your knowledge and skills for different purposes and in different roles.

Industry Placement

The industry placement allows you to apply and develop your engineering skills in a real working environment, as well as those essential wider skills, such as planning, working with others, health and safety and professional behaviours. The minimum number of hours required is 30 hours across the year.

Method of delivery

Your lessons will be timetabled across four days per week. 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. Using a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques will support you in developing the skills and knowledge ready for your transition to the T Level in Engineering the following year.

How will I be assessed?

  • Internal examinations to test knowledge and understanding on Engineering Maths & Science.
  • Practical assessment activities and completion of underpinning knowledge questions to achieve NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations.
  • Completion of an Engineering Project
  • Completion of a Work Placement (minimum 30 hours)

Your next steps

This programme is designed to prepare you for transition to the T Level Engineering. It will also support students on to other progression routes including employment and advanced apprenticeships.

FAQs

What can I do after I complete my T Level course?

What can I do after I complete my T Level course?

These courses are designed to provide you with the skills needed to apply for employment in the relevant industry. Alternatively, you can progress to university to study further or you could apply to study an apprenticeship.

What UCAS points do T Levels carry?

What UCAS points do T Levels carry?

UCAS tariff points were allocated to T Levels in 2019, with the top T Level grade equal to achieving 3 A* at A Level. Points have been allocated to the overall T Level grade, and students must achieve at least an overall pass grade to receive UCAS points.

Do I have to find my own work placement?

Do I have to find my own work placement?

We have a Work Placement team based at the College who will arrange this for you with participating employers, ensuring you can gain the knowledge you need.

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