About the course
Introduced in 2020, T-Levels are a new and exciting programme of study that provides students with the technical knowledge and practical skills valued by industry
The 2-year programme is a technical, academic qualification with a substantive industry placement; learners will spend 80% at college and 20% at a work placement. They have been co-created by the industry and employers, so you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.
The course covers a range of subjects to give you exposure to different engineering disciplines as well as a sound theory base to support progression.
The first year covers the core units and includes topics such as:
- Working in the Engineering
- Engineering past, present and future
- Engineering Representations
- Essential Mathematics for Engineering
- Essential Science for Engineering
- Mechanical Principles
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Control Systems
- Quality Management
- Health & Safety Principles
- Business, Commercial and Financial Awareness
- Professional Responsibilities, Attitudes & Behaviours
- Stock & Asset Management
- Continuous Improvement
Assessment in the first year is by two externally written examination. There will also be an employer set project which will cover knowledge and core skills.
In the second year students will continue to develop their knowledge, skill and behaviours with a focus on the Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing – Mechanical Engineering Occupational Specialism.
The purpose of this specialism is for learners to know and undertake designing and development processes within mechanical engineering. Learners will have the opportunity to plan, perform and evaluate their work whilst utilising a range of techniques, methods and resources. On completion of this specialism, learners will be able to:
- Analyse and interpret engineering and manufacturing requirements, systems, processes, technical drawings and specifications.
- 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.
- Propose and design mechanical engineering and manufacturing systems, products, components, processes and solutions, considering requirements, constraints and context.
- Collaborate to help manage, develop, test and quality assure mechanical engineering and manufacturing design information, systems, processes and outcomes.
- Communicate proposals, design information and solutions, producing, recording and explaining engineering and manufacturing representations, systems, processes, outcomes, specifications and technical drawings.
Assessment for year 2 is by an extended practical assessment completed over a period of several weeks. Learners are assessed on their health and safety, design and planning, manufacturing and reports.
This is a full-time Study Programme which includes the main qualification as well as an extended work placement and a number of additional small qualifications such as Health & Safety and Preparing to Learn. Enrichment opportunities include trips, visits and guest talks as well as wider college activities through the college’s Xtra programme. There are also opportunities to support the department and gain further experience through volunteering. All students are expected to complete and reflect on a work experience placement during the academic year.
Timetables normally cover ~4 days a week with sessions taking place in our dedicated classrooms and workshops which contain a variety of relevant resources and equipment such as CAD suites, science labs, materials testing labs, maintenance and product design/manufacturing workshops. Lessons are always fun-packed, industry-linked and student focussed. Discovery learning is promoted to ensure that learners take ownership of and enjoy high quality learning. Lecturing staff are experienced in education and with high level industry backgrounds.
Outside of college students will be required to complete preparation and consolidation activities. We would expect students to spend around 10 hours a week on independent self-led activities linked to their learning. We utilise a number of on-line resources to support learning both in and out of the classroom as well as maintaining contact with our students. This includes the use of Microsoft Teams and CCGOnline, our virtual learning environment. Students can keep track of their progress, attendance and college life using our on-line portal, C-Space
This is a full-time Study Programme which includes the main qualification as well as work experience and a number of additional small qualifications such as Health & Safety and Preparing to Learn. Enrichment opportunities include trips, visits and guest talks as well as wider college activities through the college’s Xtra programme. There are also opportunities to support the department and gain further experience through volunteering. All students are expected to complete and reflect on a work experience placement during the academic year.