Engineered to move you through the essential practical and theoretical skills of mechanics and into the engineering industry, this course is your training ground for a successful career on whatever path you choose. Designed by employers and professional bodies in collaboration with education experts, it gives you the skills the next generation’s workforce needs.
For 80% of your T level, you work alongside classmates in engaging blended-learning sessions and in purpose-built workshops. You get an in-depth understanding of how the engineering industry works, studying manufacturing techniques, the principles of engineering design and manufacture, and exploring the theories and principles of mechanical engineering.
For the remaining 20% of your T level, you step out into an industry placement to put all that learning and theory into practice in a real-world experience – giving you a glimpse at the excitement of the career ahead of you.
If you are not quite ready for a T level then a transition programme could be for you. This will give you the chance to improve your maths and English (and any other subjects) to move on to a T level the following year. For more information about transition courses, please visit our T levels course page.
If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.
What You'll Learn
A year of learning, your first year is a thrilling introduction into the fascinating world of engineering. You move from the ground up, understanding its past, present and future and get an idea of what it means to work in engineering and manufacturing.
Notepad and pencil at the ready, you learn about engineering representations and all the essential mathematics and science you’ll need every day of your working life.
With all those fundamentals in place, you dive into the bits that will truly set you on your way to being a manufacturing engineer:
1. materials and their properties
2. mechanical principles
3. electrical and electronic principles
5. engineering and manufacturing control systems
As a course specifically created to build the industry’s future, the Engineering Manufacturing T level mechanical engineering specialism also walks you through key bits of business, so you can step into any team smoothly and with confidence. Including:
1. project and programme management
2. quality management
3. stock and asset management
4. business, commercial and financial awareness
5. health and safety principles and coverage
6. professional responsibilities, attitudes and behaviours
7. continuous improvement
Next stop: year two
Here we go Time for your design and development (mechanical engineering) specialism to really kick in. This year follows six very clear performance outcomes:
Performance outcome 1: Mechanical engineering knowledge criteria
Performance outcome 2: Analyse and interpret engineering and manufacturing
requirements, systems, processes, technical drawings and specifications
Performance outcome 3: Evaluate systems, designs, components and processes, managing and integrating design information, proposals and specifications to develop and improve mechanical engineering and manufacturing proposals and solutions
Performance outcome 4: Propose and design mechanical engineering and manufacturing systems, products, components, processes and solutions, considering requirements, constraints and context
Performance outcome 5: Collaborate to help manage, develop, test and quality assure mechanical engineering and manufacturing design information, systems, processes and outcomes
Performance outcome 6: Communicate proposals, design information and solutions, producing, recording and explaining engineering and manufacturing representations, systems, processes, outcomes, specifications and technical drawings
This year, you also do your industry placement in a position with a firm that really appeals to you and gives you the experience that will most benefit you and your future.
T levels are for people who are 16-18 on 31 August on the date that they start the course.
Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate a minimum of 90% attendance at your last place of work or study. You will also need a GCSE grade 5 in maths, together with 3 further GCSEs at grade 4 including English and Science.
If you were previously studying at the college, you will need to have attained a Level 2 Diploma in Engineering, plus GCSE English grade 4 and Maths at grade 5.
When you enrol, you will be on a 6-week probationary period. During this time, we will monitor your attendance, attainment and attitude toward study. At the end of the 6 weeks, we will talk to you about whether you should continue with the T level or whether an alternative course would be better suited to you.
If you don’t meet these entry requirements but want to start on your chosen career path, then you can apply for the Level 2 EAL Diploma in Engineering Operations during which you will have the opportunity to resit maths/English GCSE to obtain the necessary entry grades.
How you will be assessed
To monitor your practical knowledge and skills, the course has regular tasks and assignments. There are also several formal assessments during the two years: external exams, controlled assessments, practical summary assignments and an employer-led set project.
Together, the assessments generate an overall grade of pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
At the end of your T level, you receive a nationally recognised certificate with a clear breakdown of your achievements. The T level can be worth up to 168 UCAS points.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
For construction T level courses the material fee is £300* for the two years, and this is payable at enrolment. You will also need to buy PPE (personal protective equipment) to make sure that you are safe while working and studying (approximately £35*), as well as toolkits to use in our workshops and on your industry placement (approximately £50*).
Basic stationery items such as pens, pencils, ring binders and writing paper and a Copy of the Onsite Guide will also be required.
*prices correct December 2020 but may be subject to change.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
You’re in the right place if you’re interested in a career in manufacturing, mechanical engineering, design, maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing.
From here, you could be an engineering technician in a manufacturing environment, a production systems engineer, a CNC programmer or a CAD technician – there are so many paths you could take. A good starting place is to chat with our careers advisers, who can talk you through your options.
You might want to get a job as soon as you’ve finished your T level, or you could progress to a related higher-level apprenticeship or course of study in Higher Education, such as Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Degree level courses.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.