T Level in Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing (Engineering)


  • 16-18


Backed by industry to produce the skilled people of the future to create a better engineered world.

T Levels are new qualifications that follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A Levels. The T Level in Engineering combines classroom theory and practical learning, and is made up of the following:

  1. A technical qualification studied over two years which covers the core knowledge required in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector, plus specific specialist occupational skills in either Mechanical Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  2. An industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days) with an employer to make sure you have authentic experience of the workplace

The purpose of the T Level Technical Qualification in Engineering is to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to progress into highly skilled employment, an Apprenticeship or higher level study, including university.

The core component of the technical qualification is assessed using two externally marked written examinations and one externally marked employer set project. The second year occupational specialist component (you choose either Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic) is assessed by one externally set and marked project.

The core content includes:

  • Working within the engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • Essential mathematics for engineering and manufacturing
  • Essential science for engineering and manufacturing
  • Materials and their properties
  • Mechanical principles (occupational specialism in second year)
  • Electrical and electronic principles (occupational specialism in second year)
  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering and manufacturing control systems
  • Quality management
  • Health and safety principles and coverage
  • Professional responsibilities, attitudes, and behaviours
  • Project and programme management

Why do this?

  1. You will develop diverse transferable knowledge, skills and behaviours leading to highly paid employment in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.
  2. You will gain real work experience with an industrial placement which could lead to a fully funded degree apprenticeship on completion of the course.
  3. The course does not contain as much formal assessment as traditional vocational BTEC courses which means you can spend more time studying and learning without the pressure of being continually assessed.
  4. The course puts sustainability and green technology at the forefront of its curriculum design and you will learn how the Engineering industry can cut its carbon footprint to work towards reaching regional and national net-zero targets.
  5. To embark on and enjoy a career where you can be a trailblazer, innovator and creator helping to make the engineered world a better place to live in.
  6. For those who want to follow an academic route there is the chance to choose university to study full-time for a BEng or BSc in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.
  7. You will have regular contact with mentors and ambassadors from both higher education and industry who will help you develop your skills and behaviours, and prepare you for whichever path you take after achieving your T-Level.

Where will students go after completing this course?

  • Degree apprenticeships or employment in the engineering and manufacturing sector.
  • University to study from a wide range of engineering related disciplines.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

The overall qualification is graded as Unclassified, Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. UCAS points are allocated to overall T Level grades. A grade D* achieves 168 points, the same as three A* grades at A Level.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds logo

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 9-5 in mathematics plus at least four other GCSE passes 9-4, one of which must be English Language. You will also be interviewed by a course tutor to determine your suitability for this qualification.


Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

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