T Level - Design Engineering

T Levels are a fresh and exciting alternative to A Levels as they offer a work focussed experience which combines academic study of the highest quality with practical industry related skills. In addition, T Levels include a mandatory placement of 315 hours minimum, typically completed across 45 days, that has been built into the course to further develop individual skills.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to engineering, including:

    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 – including standard matrices and determinants and standard trigonometry, materials and their properties – understanding material processing techniques and their effects on materials and material quality, business, commercial and financial awareness – basic commercial principles including commercial priorities and markets.

    Students will carry out a mandatory work placement of 45 days over the two-year programme – this will form 20 per cent of study time on the course. The rest of the time will be spent in College. Students will gain first-hand experience of working at national, international or local engineering industries in order to build upon their existing knowledge and better their understanding of industrial practice. Students will also learn about topics specific to design, planning & manufacturing.

    • Mechanical engineering
    • Structural engineering
    • Control & Instrumental engineering
    • Electrical & Electronics engineering


  • Entry Requirements

    Students should ideally have completed the transition to ‘T’ levels prior to starting the course.

    For direct access, students will need to have 5 x Grade 4s (however Maths and Science must be at a Grade 5).

  • Progression Pathway

    This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in civil engineering. Students can progress onto roles such as civil engineering technician, CAD technician, consulting civil engineer and design engineering. Students studying engineering based subjects at Runshaw College have progressed onto university to study a wide range of courses including Engineering, Robotics and Architecture to name a few or into careers with a variety of companies, including Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Cadent Gas.

  • Teaching & Assessment

    Students will be assessed through a continual assessment using practical observations, written assignments, exams and an employer set project. The T Level certificate will include:

    • An overall grade for the T Level, shown as pass, merit, distinction or distinction*
    • A separate grade for the core component, using A* to E
    • A separate grade for the occupational specialism (Civil Engineering), shown as pass, merit or distinction