Engineering and Manufacture T Level
T Levels combine core knowledge and skills needed to work in your chosen industry sector with a technical qualification, and a substantial work placement of at least 45 working days. Relevant English, Mathematics and digital content are embedded in the programme of study. The content of the Engineering and Manufacturing T Level is designed to get you ready for a career in the Engineering sector, one that is identified as having a significant and growing skills shortage.
T Levels are made up of core units and occupational specialist units. The core content will focus on developing your knowledge, and understanding of concepts, theories and core skills related to the Engineering and manufacturing pathway. The course has been designed by people who do the job and covers all relevant areas needed to help you become a competent, confident addition to the sector.
This T Level combines hands-on practical tuition with traditional classroom teaching; ensuring you develop both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for your future career.
The course covers engineering areas as varied as mathematics for engineers, mechanical principles, digital and analogue electronics, communications, quality and inspection, computer-aided drawing (CAD), CNC milling, health and safety, and much more.
The T Level is evolving and content has not been set yet, but below are a flavour of the units which you could be studying over the two years:
– Health and Safety: Regulations and risk assessment requirements
– Mathematics: Statistics, trigonometry and calculus
– Further Mathematics: Higher algebraic techniques, higher graphical techniques, complex numbers
– EEP: Terminal voltage, capacitors, inductors and AC theory
– Digital Electronics: Boolean algebra, sequential logic and combination logic
– Micro Electronics: Logic families, PIC and Arduino’s
– Engineering Communications: Interpreting Engineering drawing, written and verbal communication and sources of information
– Analogue Electronics: Analogue integrated circuits, analogue devices
– Mechanical Principles: Moments, tensile testing, limit and fits
– Computer Aided Drawing (CAD): AutoCAD, SolidWorks
– Quality and Inspection: Measuring equipment, statistical process control
– CNC: Operational plans, CNC mills and lathes, CAM
– Materials: Properties, selection, mode of failure
– Engineering Project
– Theory and Practice
By enrolling on this course, you will become part of SWIoT (the South West Institute of Technology). SWIoT is a unique collaboration between Petroc and a number of prestigious higher and further education partners; designed to provide innovative technical education and deliver a skilled local workforce, economic growth, and prosperity to the South West.
Year 1 – Core units
Core 1 – Concepts/theories
Core 2 – Transferable/core skills
– External exam
– Employer set project
Year 2 – Occupational Specialism
Based on occupational maps
– Synoptic practical assignment(s)
To be accepted onto this T Level programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include grade 5 in English and Maths.
If you have Maths at foundation level, then additional Maths sessions will be provided for you. Additional Maths sessions will be required to support the Level 3 mathematical content.
Candidates who have achieved a Merit in their Level 2 Diploma in Engineering (including a Merit in 202) will be accepted on to this course as long as they also have grade 5 in Maths.
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the equivalent to three full A Levels, and the corresponding UCAS points will be awarded. This will enable you to progress to university on an engineering-related degree course.
Petroc will accept this qualification for entry to our Foundation Degrees (FdSc) in Mechanical Design and Manufacture; Electronics and Communications; and Digital Technologies.
Alternatively, successful students can apply for an apprenticeship in a variety of engineering settings, or advance directly to employment.
Facilities and resources
This programme will be taught at the Engineering Centre of Excellence, which is a specialist training and assessment facility for engineering and manufacturing students. The centre contains high-tech CAD facilities, 3D printing, electronics design and assembly, a fabrication and welding workshop, CNC and manual machining, and a bench fitting workshop.
The students on this programme will have access to specialist workshops, laboratories, and high-quality CAD applications installed on industry-standard computer systems.
The Mechanical work is supported by a number of professional resources, including a machine shop, welding and sheet metal workshops, and a well-equipped science laboratory with a range of industrial testing equipment.
The Electrical, Electronic, and Digital Technology studies are supported by computer-assisted learning and virtual instrumentation in two classrooms, and a practical workshop where soldering of surface mount devices (SMD), through hole plated (THP) technologies, assembly, and circuit testing can take place.
Q: What can I do after I get my T Level in Engineering and Manufacture?
A: You can use your T Level to gain entry onto Petroc’s FdSc in Engineering (provided you’ve achieved the requisite level of credits), or you can save up your earned UCAS points to put towards your university degree application.
Q: Will my lack of experience with IT and computer equipment be a problem?
A: The simple answer is no, it won’t be a problem. We have an extremely helpful, accommodating, and experienced IT department who can get you started and answer any questions you may have. Remember, there are a lot of other learners in the same situation, so you won’t be alone.
Q: What if my circumstances change and I need to seek employment, can I continue with my studies?
A: If your circumstances change once you have enrolled on the course, we can look at your particular situation and decide what your best option is. If your fees are already paid, then this shouldn’t be a problem, and there’s also the option of transferring to our part-time version of the course.
Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:
– Your academic or vocational qualification.
– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.
– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.
– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.
– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.
– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.
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Why Petroc should be your first choice
Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.
We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community.
Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments.
We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.