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T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control - Level 3

T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control - Level 3


T Levels are a new type of qualification that combines academic studies with a mandatory 45-day (315 hours) industry placement, giving you the chance to learn new skills before putting them into practice. 

80% of your time will be spent in the classroom.

20% will be on placement getting that real on-the-job experience.

Equivalent to studying three A Levels, this bespoke programme has been designed with the input of industry leading employers and will give you a head start into your chosen industry.

Across the two years, you will cover both core and specialist units. The core units will develop your general understanding of your chosen industry. The specialist units will cover more in-depth topics niche to your chosen specialism (pathway) and career.
On the Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control T Level, you can choose between two pathways:

  • Fitting and Assembly Technologies
  • Machining and Toolmaking Technologies. 

Fitting and Assembly Technologies
The purpose of this specialism pathway is to engage with the technical expertise, technology, methods and skills involved in producing items or assemblies, using specialist tools, equipment and machinery. You will examine a range of production processes, systems, and facilities, investigating factors such as scale, efficiency and demand, the application of quality management, and the analysis and optimisation of conditions, processes and practices when producing high-quality products for a variety of purposes.

Based on these skills, this pathway is ideal for anyone interested in becoming an aerospace engineer, a mechanical engineer or venture into a career in engineering management or production and manufacturing.

Machining and Toolmaking Technologies
The purpose of this specialism pathway is for learners to know and undertake a range of industrial processes and manufacturing techniques to manufacture and maintain the engineering tooling used to produce components, products and assemblies. This requires the application of a broad range of activities including the interpretation of engineering drawings and technical instructions and the use of hand, machine and automated computer-controlled machine tools and measuring equipment.

Based on these skills, this pathway is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a design engineer, manufacturing machinist, toolmaker or precision engineer. You could also progress in the world of quality and inspection or look at careers in CNC or CAD/CAM.


Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20232900C1656FREEApply
Sep 20232900N1656FREEApply

What will I study?

Core units:

  • Working within the engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • Engineering drawings and representations
  • Science for engineering and manufacturing
  • Materials and their properties
  • Electrical and electronic principles
  • Mechatronics
  • Quality management
  • Business, commercial and financial awareness.

Specialist units:

  • Projects and specifications
  • Production machines
  • Measurement techniques
  • Engineering standards.

Industry Placement:

Across the two-years, you will need to complete an exciting 45-day (315 hours) placement with a reputable employer.

Throughout the summer and your first term, a dedicated work placement advisor is available to support you with building links with suitable employers so you can secure your placement. 

This is a great opportunity that will not only give you experience in an external business, but enhance your technical skills and create relationships that could result in an apprenticeship or employment.

Entry requirements

            This course is only available to 16-18 year olds

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English and maths.  
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 Transition Programme in Engineering.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams 
  • An employer led project
  • Practical and knowledge based activities 

What can I progress onto?

  • University
  • A higher-apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

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