A Level TLM
Introduction to the Course
Design Engineer Construct (DEC) is an applied A-Level. It has been developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. Through a project-based approach, DEC applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.
Thanks to the extraordinary support of industry leaders, professional bodies and progressive universities, DEC delivers an inspiring programme that is up to date and in demand by industry such as our partners White Code Design Associates and Laing O’ Rourke.
This subject will compliment Art, Geography and Media Studies if you want to pursue a career in the creative industry such as Architecture and landscape designer. For a more technical career such as engineering, you should choose Maths and Physics and another subject such as Computer Studies or Geography.
Standard entry requirements for this course are at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and grade 5 GCSE English Language. Ideally students will have been awarded a B grade in a Design and Technology GCSE course or equivalent related qualifications such as BTECs. If you have not studied a DT course at GCSE you will have the opportunity for an interview to discuss your suitability for the course.
Course Content and Assessment
The course is split up into two sections:
- Coursework – A construction project which comprises of 5 units that you will complete over the two years. You will need to define, design, create, cost and evaluate a sustainable construction project which will be assessed internally and moderated externally. This course works slightly differently to other A-Level courses which include both coursework and exams. You will either pass or fail each of these 5 units. When you have passed each of the units, you will be given 30 marks, you can then be entered into the DEC exam.
- Exam – An externally set and externally marked examination to assess knowledge and understanding that you have developed through your coursework construction project. You can only enter the exam when you have had your coursework moderated and it has passed. The exam is worth up to 70 marks and a grade will be awarded accordingly.
Future Career Progression
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their research, design and problem solving skills and skills in the built environment, whilst learning the technical knowledge required to under-take their project work. It will enable students to progress to a degree or apprenticeship in a range of disciplines in the built environment sector.
Examples of careers in Design Engineer Construct are:
- Planning Officer
- Landscape Designer
- Building Surveyor
- Structural Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Building Services Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Project Management
- Environmental Engineer
Related careers include:
- Building Law