Design Engineer Construct! now approved for schools in England, Scotland and Wales x

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2020 league table points

We have been advised by TQUK that the Department for Education has now advised all Awarding Organisations of their third update to the approved list of qualifications.

The revised Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment model has not yet been approved for inclusion in the 2020 performance tables. TQUK are currently appealing this decision with a deadline of 6th August.

We will update you on the outcome of this appeal as soon as possible after 6th August, but be assured – we remain committed to the inclusion of Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment as a relevant, robust and rigorous learning programme and qualification which continues to meet the needs of DEC schools throughout England.

Please note, schools outside England are not affected.

EQUAL to GCSE A*-C and A Level A*-E

Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC) is an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age students and has been expertly 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. FIND OUT MORE >

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New STEM schools programme added to SCQF

Design Engineer Construct!® has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

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We’ve already got some great students lined up for a life less ordinary!

#loveSurveying

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DEC kick-off in Turner Townsend office

As part of the ‘Adopt a School’ programme, Turner Townsend welcomed students from Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School to their London office, to learn about Built Environment careers.

Since September 2015, they have been supporting students and teachers as part of the DEC curriculum. As part of the ‘Adopt a School’ programme, they have embarked on their second year of sponsoring Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School in Ealing, West London. Creating opportunities for children and young people is one of the primary objectives of their community value corporate social responsibility pillar.

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