Engineering T-Level (Design and Development)

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Reasons to study this course

  • This T-Level is a route into skilled employment and the equivalent to three A-Levels.

  • Combine classroom theory, practical learning and a significant industry placement.

  • This course focusses on the design and development aspect to engineering. It is more theoretical than practical, giving you an an understanding of how materials, conditions and context influence design processes and products.


  • Gain essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing – a knowledge and understanding of mathematics including standard matrices and determinants and standard trigonometry.


  • Develop business, commercial and financial awareness – basic commercial principles including commercial priorities and markets, customers/clients/partners and resource allocation


  • Discover more about materials and their properties – understanding material processing techniques and their effects on materials and material quality, the condition of materials, how these are managed, and materials testing methods and techniques


  • Students will be seeking to progress to an engineering career and would like to start now with a substantial industry placement alongside classroom learning about workplace procedures and the maths and physics based knowledge and skills of engineering practice.  

What you will need to study this course

  • A desire for progression onto an engineering career through apprenticeship or University.

  • minimum GCSE Maths grade 6

  • minimum GCSE Physics/Science and English Language grade 5

What you will study

Core Content – maths, physics to support materials, mechanical, electrical, electronic and chemical engineering and business engineering to include manufacturing processes, health and safety, quality assurance and commercial awareness.

Occupational Specialism – Electrical and Electronic design bringing together your knowledge to design an electronic solution to a manufacturing problem eg an automated parcel sorting conveyor.

Industry placement of at least 45 days.

How you will be assessed

Core Content: exam and externally-set project

Occupational Specialism: practical assignments

Priestley Extra

Visits to local industry to increase understanding of engineering in the workplace. Students undertaking engineering courses have also taken part in hands-on practical activities at local universities.


This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in design and development for engineering and manufacturing.

Career options might include working as a mechanical design engineer or manufacturing design engineer.

Students can also use this T Level to progress to a related higher-level apprenticeship or course of study at a higher level.

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