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T-Level in Design and Development for Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing

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Course Description

Are you ready to join the technical revolution that is T-Levels?

This T-Level has been developed in consultation with employers in the construction industry to ensure you learn the skills and behaviours that will give you the best opportunity to be successful when applying for work in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, including roles such as CAD technician or 3D printing technician.

It is designed for post-16 students and is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within the construction industry, to a construction apprenticeship or to further studies in construction.

This course is taught at our Middleton Campus in Middleton, Greater Manchester. In particular, it’s located in our state-of-the-art Advanced Engineering and Technology Centre.

The building is one of the most sought-after places for trades-based training in the region – featuring 6,500 square-metres of the newest and most cutting edge equipment.

Our engineering workshops are amongst the most impressive parts of the facility, giving you access to all the tools, machinery and equipment needed to make a splash in this exciting sector.

The skills learned lead not only to a rewarding career but can also be used as a foundation from which to progress to advanced craft, technician, supervisory or management occupations, where established professional development routes and occupational standards exist.

In addition, this course features a 45-day (315 hour) work placement and promises to be invaluable for anyone looking to get real-world industry experience.

*This course is taught at our Middleton Campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


Level 3 Technical Qualification in Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above including Maths, English and Science which must all be at grade 5 or above.


You'll study a wide range of units which are designed to give you the perfect foundation for a career in Engineering.

You'll develop your understanding in the following areas, which will provide you with a strong portfolio of evidence to progress into a career:

  • Working within the Engineering and Manufacturing Sectors – an understanding of how materials, conditions and context influence design processes and products
  • Essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing – a knowledge and understanding of/mathematics including standard matrices and determinants and standard trigonometry
  • 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
  • Business, commercial and financial awareness - basic commercial principles including commercial priorities and markets, customers/clients/partners and resource allocation

Work Experience

You'll have the amazing opportunity to undertake a 45-day (315 hour) work placement during the course of your T-Level. We're proud to work alongside a number of reputable employers, meaning you can look forward to working with the best that the industry has to offer.

This placement promises to be invaluable - ultimately giving you the chance to grow your skillset, expand your knowledge and become comfortable in a professional environment.

All in all, the experience will be make you an extremely attractive candidate when applying for job roles or to university.


This course will open up a number of exciting opportunities for you. You'll most likely progress into one of the following:

  • Higher Education
  • A Higher Apprenticeship
  • Employment
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