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

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2020 league table points

After a very positive meeting, we are delighted to advise that WJEC have offered a great solution for our English schools and are happy that teachers continue using the DEC student workbooks as usual for teaching and learning.

We are working closely with WJEC to provide guidance showing how the DEC programme maps to the WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Designing the Built Environment. This should be available in the next few weeks.

WJEC will offer CPD for DEC centres which includes an introductory briefing providing an overview of the WJEC qualification and highlighting alignment with the DEC programme plus ‘Prepare to Teach’ and assessment guidance sessions. Dates will be advised imminently.

The current discount code for WJEC Designing the Built Environment (for 2020 tables) is TA1 (previously TA23) – under 5.1 Architecture. This is accessible for confirmation via the DfE website.

Note: schools can continue to access the existing DEC Level 3 programme, given that the TQUK qualification still attracts UCAS points. Schools outside England remain unaffected.

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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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!


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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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