About DEC

For more than a decade, UK education consultancy and social enterprise Class Of Your Own (‘COYO’) has inspired children to experience the digital Built Environment and Infrastructure through the ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (“DEC”) Learning Programme.

Children and young people are provided with a unique opportunity to develop the knowledge, competencies, behaviours and skills fundamental to successful careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

Digital skills for life
Students advance their digital skills throughout the learning programme, including the use of modelling and analysis tools using industry standard software for building and infrastructure design.

People and planet first
Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals, the themes of social, environmental and economic sustainability run throughout the programme.

Learners discover how to minimise their own and their community’s impact on the planet through role play and project-based learning. They understand the value of inclusivity and diversity, designing for a world where everyone matters.

  • Teacher training and CPD

  • STEM/STEAM and digital
    project-based learning

  • Dedicated learning platform
  • Supported by industry and universities
  • Virtual and office-based work experience

  • Formal qualification routes

  • Excellent career pathways

Design Engineer Construct!

The Digital Built Environment

Our flagship DEC programme is a building design-focused learning programme for students age 11-18 years.

It comprises three levels, each leading to regulated qualifications, from foundation Level 1 to intermediate Level 2 and advanced Level 3 (which attracts UCAS points for university and degree apprenticeships).

DEC inspires and raises the aspirations of young people to consider Construction and the Built Environment as a valuable career path. All learners discover real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and maths and can access a whole range of exciting professional career pathways through our strong industry and academic links.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Design Engineer Construct!
Future Infrastructure

Developed from COYO’s exciting collaboration with Bentley Systems and Virgin Hyperloop, this advanced programme is aimed at post 16 students and focuses on major economic and social infrastructure projects around the world.

Future Infrastructure paves the way for further study and employment by enabling learners to harness ever-changing technology advancements across a range of infrastructure contexts including automated transportation and smart buildings and cities.

Students investigate a range of compelling topics, such as cyber security, digital twin concepts and the impact of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on Infrastructure in the near future.

DEC IMPACT at one school

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School Manchester, UK

Teaching Design Engineer Construct!

Most of our DEC Teachers have no prior experience of the Built Environment. DEC is taught by teachers of Design Technology, Science, Maths, Art and Geography. Even English teachers get involved.

At Class Of Your Own, we pride ourselves on the support and training we give to teaching professionals – behind every great DEC student, there is a great DEC teacher.

  • Access to a network of experienced DEC teachers (and their students!)

  • Bespoke ‘DEC Central’ online learning and teaching platform

  • Professional face-to-face training in DEC delivery and digital technology solutions

  • Access to industry professionals to support classroom learning and teaching

  • Mentoring, workshops and CPD programmes

  • Industry work placements for teachers

  • Dedicated Awarding Organisation support through our partners TQUK

Inspired to get involved?
Email support@classofyourown.com or call +44 (0)1282 680946