Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level - Bridgwater & Taunton College
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Course Overview

In today’s world, Engineers work in an environment that encompasses the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions. Engineering is a fast-moving, exciting career which incorporates the continuing development of products and systems, where you could find yourself designing the next generation of smartphones, programming robots, manufacturing components for fighter jets or developing sustainable energy.

This course consists of modern design techniques from project scope to prototypes, bringing designs to reality utilising mechanical engineering skills and knowledge. You will gain an understanding of the engineering sector, covering topics such as: customer and client requirements, principles of design, design processes and communication in design.

A two-year course that has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares learners for work.

This T level consists of a technical qualification in design and development for engineering and manufacturing, an employer set project designed to develop core knowledge and skills, and an occupational specialism in Mechanical Engineering.

The qualification includes a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience during a mandatory industry placement of at least 45 days.

Engineering core units may include:

  • Health and safety principles
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Mathematics and science for engineering and manufacturing
  • Materials and their properties
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Project and programme management
  • Business, commercial and financial awareness.

Mechanical Engineering occupational specialism units may include:

  • Knowledge of design methodologies and processes
  • Knowledge of the tools, equipment and materials used in mechanical engineering
  • Knowledge of mathematical theories and methods used in mechanical engineering
  • Skills in producing mechanical drawings and representations
  • Skills in designing and developing working models
  • Skills in testing models and prototypes.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written and practical examinations, employer set projects, group work and presentations. You will be set targets to work towards and achieve in your mandatory placement to help you develop the skills you need for your second-year practical assessment.

Progression Options

On successful completion you will have developed the knowledge and skills needed for working in the Engineering industry, therefore entering the industry through employment or as an apprentice. Furthermore, the completion of this qualification gives the learner the opportunity to progress on to higher education courses and training.


The facilities are amazing, and working on and with industry-level software and equipment has been the perfect preparation for a Degree Apprenticeship and career in the engineering industry.

Harry Lawrence

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