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

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


This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in engineering, manufacturing, processing and control. Career options might include aerospace engineering technician, electrical engineering technician and mechanical engineering technician.

What are T Levels?

T Levels have been designed in partnership with businesses and industry-leading employers so you can develop the skills and knowledge required to kick-start your career straight from college.

As an alternative next-step after GCSEs, a T Level is a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to three A Levels or a Level 3 vocational programme and includes a 45-day (315 hours) work placement with a reputable employer within your chosen industry.

The qualification splits into core content and specialist content:

  • Core content - develop your general understanding of the industry.
  • Specialist content - covers different topics depending on the pathway you choose.

Specialist content

On this T Level, you can choose between two pathways:

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 20242900C1656FREEApply

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) industry 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

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 and above including English language and maths.
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 Transition Programme in Engineering with English language and maths at grade 4.

How long is the course?

Two years.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through examinations, applied and practical assessments in class and through a project set by your employer.

Upon completion you will be awarded an overall grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*). A T Level is a nationally-recognised qualification and your certificate will reflect this and will display your overall grade.

The certificate will also explain your grade from A* to E for the core component and any occupational specialisms you will receive a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

It will also record whether you’ve achieved the minimum requirements for your maths and English qualifications as well as if you’ve completed the industry placement and any other additional mandatory requirements.

What can I progress onto?

  • Skilled employment
  • Higher level apprenticeships 
  • Higher education (university)

Career opportunities

How do I apply?

Apply online

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