DEC Qualifications

Since 2009, social enterprise Class Of Your Own (COYO) has inspired children and young people to experience the digital Built Environment and Infrastructure through their award-winning ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (DEC) Learning Programme.

Studying DEC offers a unique opportunity to grow and apply knowledge, develop competencies, behaviours and skills AND access recognised qualifications leading to successful careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

Digital skills for life
Students of DEC 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 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.

  • ‘DEC School’ Online Learning & Resource Centre

  • STEM/STEAM and digital
    project-based learning

  • Formal qualification routes

  • Excellent career pathways

  • Virtual and office-based work experience

  • Supported by industry and universities

Design Engineer Construct!
The Digital Built Environment

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

DEC comprises three levels, each with recognised qualifications – Foundation Level 1, Intermediate Level 2 and Advanced Level 3, which attracts full UCAS points for university and degree apprenticeships.

All learners discover real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and maths leading to a whole range of exciting professional career pathways through our strong industry and academic links.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

Class Of Your Own is proud to partner with Training Qualifications UK – the ONLY Awarding Organisation licensed to deliver official DEC qualifications

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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.

Teaching Design Engineer Construct!

Design Engineer Construct! was created with the support of teachers, learners, parents, academics and industry professionals and continues to evolve with that same support.

DEC goes way beyond simply providing a route to academic success. It connects knowledge and understanding, skills and behaviours, resilience and empathy. It gives young people a sense of purpose to improve their planet and people lives.

Our teachers have more experience than they realise!

Most of our teachers teach STEM subjects, but begin with little knowledge of the Built Environment as an industry. DEC takes them on a journey that immerses them in the familiar world where they already live, work and play, so they begin to see it from a DEC perspective.

STEM is EVERYWHERE

​From home to school, the supermarket, the leisure centre and the roads that connect them, the drains that take away the waste…

DEC reveals the complex systems that make up our modern digital world, providing exceptional opportunities to combine creativity with the theoretical, the technical and the technological.

Support for our DEC Teachers

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

  • Bespoke ‘