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Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is a learning programme aimed at secondary-school students which has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals.

Training Qualifications UK is delighted to be partnering with Class of Your Own in the delivery of these programmes of learning which are available to schools across England, Scotland and Wales.

Update:

The Department for Education has now advised Awarding Organisations of their third update to the approved list of qualifications. Our revised Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment model has not yet been approved for inclusion in the 2020 performance tables. We are currently appealing this decision with a deadline of 6th August.
 
We will update you on the outcome of our appeal as soon as possible but be assured - we remain committed to the inclusion of Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment as a relevant, robust and rigorous qualification which meets the needs of DEC schools throughout England.

How does it work?

Through a project-based approach, DEC! applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices. The result? Young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.

There is little understanding of Built Environment professions and few young people aspire to a career in this important sector of the British and global economy. By getting involved with DEC! schools and industry can educate the future of construction and change the lives of young people.

Supported by industry leaders, professional bodies and progressive universities, DEC! delivers an inspiring programme that is up to date and in demand by the very people who will employ our children.

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Classroom to Career

The beauty of DEC! learning programmes is that the skills acquired throughout the course are easily transferable to other subjects.

Integral to the activities within the DEC! programme is an understanding of numeracy and a requirement for good standards of literacy. Embedded within the learning tasks are opportunities to explore the need for mathematical knowledge by understanding how it is applied in the world of work.

Similarly, literacy skills are enhanced by integrated opportunities to prepare reports, presentations, feedback – oral and written, and other types of language-based outcomes many of which are presented to industry specialists. DEC! also enables learners to explore some of the key themes that challenge society in general through particular examples and projects within the built environment sector.

Many of the students undertaking the Design Engineer Construct!® programme aspire to go to University, either via the traditional full-time route, or part-time via a recognised employer/apprenticeship scheme.

Class of Your Own encourage all their students to progress and work with some of the most progressive schools of Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment to ensure that they are learning the most up to date syllabus in order to prepare them to hit the ground running in Year One.

Qualifications

  • TQUK Level 1 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF) - 603/1991/4

  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF) - 603/1992/6

  • TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF) - 603/2052/7

  • TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF) - 603/1993/8

Purpose Statements:

The purpose statement for the TQUK Level 1 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The purpose statement for the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The purpose statement for the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The purpose statement for the TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

Qualifications Specifications:

The specification for the TQUK Level 1 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The specification for the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The specification for the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The specification for the TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

Advice and Guidance documents:

The advice and guidance document for the TQUK Level 1 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The advice and guidance document for the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The advice and guidance document for the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

The advice and guidance document for the TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment can be found here.

(NOTE: These qualifications are currently moving through the submission process with the DFE for inclusion in the 2020 performance tables. As such, any reference to the qualifications carrying performance points is conditional on acceptance to the performance tables. Details of grading, assessment arrangements and structure are subject to change from the DFE.)

Please find support letters from Higher Education Institutions here.

Please find support letters from post-16 education providers here.

Please find support letters from leading employers and trade bodies here.

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