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

What is DEC?

Inspiring a new generation of Built Environment professionals

DEC Difference | Classroom to Career | DEC QualificationsWho We Are

DEC! PartnersDesign 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.

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.

Thanks to the extraordinary support of 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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DEC Difference – a project based approach to learning

DEC offers a new and innovative project based approach to learning that is both challenging and rewarding. By working their way through an online workbook, learners will develop knowledge and skills by undertaking a sustainable building project and, through the complementary workshops, have guaranteed face to face engagement with industry professionals.

There are many opportunities for cross curricular learning including explicit opportunities for Maths, English and Science as well as for other aspects of the wider curriculum such as Citizenship and PHSE.

DEC! Online workbook

Design an Eco Classroom – a STEM focused Enterprise Day As a fundamental part of the curriculum programme, students undertake workshops led by industry professionals. The Eco Classroom workshop is a fun day. Students take on the roles and responsibilities of a Building Design company to create a standalone Eco Classroom for their local community and for school use.

Classroom to Career – transferable skills

To embark on a successful professional or technical career in the Built Environment, employers across the sector are clear that certain generic skills are essential. DEC offers all learners embedded opportunities to become Independent Enquirers, Creative Thinkers, Reflective Learners, Team Workers, Self Managers and Effective Participants.

Learning in context Integral to the activities within the DEC programme is an understanding of number 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.

Themes within the programme • Sustainability and the environment • Design thinking • Materials and their properties • Project management

Qualifications

ENGLISH SCHOOLS

‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’

In line with the need to deliver a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century industry, all qualifications for DEC have been renamed ‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’.

‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ provides students with valuable opportunities throughout their education to gain the knowledge and practical skills they’ll need to embark on an exciting career in the Construction and Built Environment sector of industry. These qualification routes raise achievement in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects.

Level 1, 2 & 3 Qualifications in ‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ are based on coursework with a multiple choice test at Level 1, and grading exams for Level 2 and 3.

All details can be found here.

2020 performance 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.

DEC and Further Education Colleges
There are a number of ways to deliver the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme across all levels. We would be very pleased to help you plan your FE offer.

LARA Database
‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ is registered on the LARA database:
Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

QAN codes

Level 1 Certificate QAN: 603/1991/4   > Level 2 Certificate QAN: 603/1992/6   >
Level 3 Certificate QAN: 603/2052/7   > Level 3 Diploma QAN: 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.

SCOTTISH SCHOOLS

‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’

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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.

Comprising an introductory (“level 1”) and intermediate (“level 2”) 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).

DEC qualifications, formally known as ‘Designing, Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment’, are comparable in demand to that of a National 4 and National 6 qualification.

For clarification, these are not SQA awarded National Qualifications, however SQA have performed the role as a credit rating body to ensure that DEC qualifications have a recognised level on the SCQF and that candidates will be awarded credit points for potential credit transfer onto further study if required.

As these qualifications are privately owned, centres who are interested in delivering them would not be required to enter or result candidates through SQA systems.

DEC Level 1 (SCQF LEVEL 4)   > DEC Level 2 (SCQF LEVEL 6)   >
NB. Please search the SQCF database using “TQUK Design Engineer Construct!” in the “Title” form field

DEC and Further Education Colleges
There are a number of ways to deliver the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme across all levels. We would be very pleased to help you plan your FE offer.

LARA Database
‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ is registered on the LARA database:
Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

WELSH SCHOOLS

All Design Engineer Construct! qualifications are registered on the QiW database.

The QiW database is owned and managed by Qualifications Wales, the regulator of non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales.

QiW contains details of all qualifications that are approved or designated for teaching in Wales for learners aged under 19, excluding higher education.

Any qualifications that are approved or designated by Qualifications Wales will be eligible for funding by a Local Authority or by Welsh Government. This funding is for the education provider, not the learner.

All qualifications in QiW will be allocated a unique identification code known as a Qualifications Wales Approval/Designation Number. Centres should use this number when making curriculum choices.

New QiW references for DEC qualifications are included on performance tables and can be accessed here:

qiw-logoLevel 1 QW Approval number: C00/0572/2   >

Level 2 QW Approval number: C00/0572/3   >

Level 3 Award QW Approval number is: C00/0601/8   > Level 3 Certificate QW Approval number: C00/0601/9   > Level 3 Diploma QW Approval number: C00/0602/0   >

Further information   > Enter relevant QW approval number in search box

DEC and Further Education Colleges
There are a number of ways to deliver the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme across all levels. We would be very pleased to help you plan your FE offer.

LARA Database
‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ is registered on the LARA database:
Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

UCAS Points

TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF)
A* – 56, A – 48, B – 40, C – 32, D – 24, E – 16

TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Design, Engineer, Construct! The Digital Built Environment (RQF)
A* – 28, A – 24, B – 20, C – 16, D – 12, E – 8

UCAS website – tariff points explained >

Criteria Overview
Level 1

Unit 1: Defining a Sustainable Construction Project – 3 credits (20 GLH) – J/505/5438
1. The candidate will understand issues related to sustainability in construction projects
2. The candidate will understand issues related to the local community in construction projects

Unit 2: Roles in Construction Teams – 7 credits (60 GLH) L/505/5439
1. understand the importance of teams in construction projects
2. understand the role of the architect
3. understand the role of the building services engineer
4. understand the role of the landscape designer
5. understand the role of the site engineer
6. understand the role of the facilities manager

Unit 3: Producing a Technical Design and Sharing Information – 3 credits (20 GLH) F/505/5440
1. The candidate will use BIM to produce realistic buildings
2. The candidate will be able to share information effectively

Unit 4: Planning, costing and presenting a sustainable building project – 3 credits (20 GLH) J/505/5441
1. understand issues associated with planning legislation and controls
2. understand issues associated with procurement for a construction project
3. be able to make effective presentations

Level 1 Expanded Criteria & Learning Outcomes >
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Level 2

Unit 1: Defining a Sustainable Construction Project – 5 credits (40 GLH) R/505/5443
1. The candidate will understand a client’s needs
2. The candidate will be able to formulate project briefs
3. The candidate will understand the constraints on projects
4. The candidate will be able to draft plans

Unit 2 Developing a sustainable construction project – 4 credits (30 GLH) Y/505/5444
1. The candidate will be able to develop feasible proposals from needs analysis
2. The candidate will produce technical support collateral for the project
3. The candidate will support development of a project concept

Unit 3: Delivering a Sustainable Construction Project – 4 credits (30 GLH) D/505/5445
1. The candidate will be able to carry out a project
2. The candidate will be able to respond to technical issues

Unit 4: Evaluating a Sustainable Construction Project – 3 credits (20 GLH) H/505/5446
1. The candidate will be able to compare intentions with outcomes
2. The candidate will transfer project evaluation to other contexts

Level 2 Expanded Criteria & Learning Outcomes >
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Level 3

Unit 1: Defining a Sustainable Construction Project – 12 credits (60 GLH)
1. Research and convey the project remit.
2. Set standards for sustainability in a construction project.
3. Define site information required at pre-design phase.

Unit 2: Developing a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)
1. Prepare a design brief and take steps to appoint an effective design team.
2. Use building information modelling techniques for concept design.
3. Prepare information and resources needed to support a planning application.

Unit 3: Support Design, Structural and Services aspects of a Sustainable Construction Project – 8 credits (60 GLH)
1. Use building information modelling techniques to develop the design
2. Use building information modelling techniques to develop structural elements of a building project
3. Use building information modelling techniques to develop building services elements of a building project

Unit 4: Lifecycle and Financial Planning for a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)
1. Use building information modelling techniques to support the operational management of a building.
2. Understand cost analysis and financial control. 3. Produce a budget for a complex building project.

Unit 5: Evaluating and Documenting a Sustainable Construction Project – 10 credits (60 GLH)
1. Make objective comparisons between construction methods.
2. Communicate outcomes from professional perspectives.
3. Make a presentation of a summary report to a critical audience.

Level 3 Expanded Criteria & Learning Outcomes >
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Full Specification Documents

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.

Teacher's Handbooks - comprehensive guide to the curriculum

TQUK Level 1 & 2 Certificate
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Learning & Outcomes

At Level 2 ‘Design Engineer Construct! The Digital Built Environment’ is a Technical Award. Technical Awards are high quality level 1 and 2 qualifications that provide 14 to 16 year olds with applied knowledge, practical skills, transferable skills and core knowledge they need to progress to further general or vocational study, including level 3 qualifications, employment or apprenticeships

Our qualifications provide credit for learners in the core activities of architects, engineers and construction specialists together with the relevant digital skills needed to support the 21st Century modern professional.

Sector knowledge and skills

• Professional roles and responsibilities within the Construction and Built Environment (CBE) sector
• Procedures and protocols in preparing a planning submission
• Constructing a Building Information Model to support a planning proposal
• Research and preparation for a planning proposal
• Sustainability issues and options for businesses in the CBE sector
• Use of appropriate and specialist software
• The value of community engagement, feedback and modification in any design/planning process
• Numeracy and communication skills from contextualised practice and real time exercises

Personal skills

• Behavioural and language skills suitable for engagement with a professional workplace
• Collaborative practice to demonstrate effective team working
• Self assessment and critical analysis of work
• A range of presentation skills that include personal, project and community engagement elements
• Confidence and self esteem from successful engagement with industry professionals and engagement with a real time contextualised project

IT user skills

The central project within the curriculum is the design and construction of an ‘Eco Classroom’ following industry standard commercial practices. This includes the use of Building Information Modelling techniques – a technology based process which uses cutting edge, industry standard software and provides young learners with a range of progressive skills which are in high demand in a wide range of careers.

Transferable Skills

To embark on a successful professional or technical career in the Built Environment, employers across the sector are clear that certain generic skills are essential.

DEC offers all learners embedded opportunities to become Independent Enquirers, Creative Thinkers, Reflective Learners, Team Workers, Self Managers and Effective Participants.

Learning in context

Integral to the activities within the Design Engineer Construct!® programme is an understanding of number and a requirement for good standards of literacy.

Embedded within the learning tasks are lots of opportunities for learners to explore the need for mathematical knowledge by understanding where and 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.

Learners naturally work to the required standards as they understand the contextual requirements intuitively.

Design Engineer Construct!® 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.

The project based learning approach to these key themes encourages young people to fully understand and explore topics, to appreciate local and national contexts, and to understand the complexities of finding solutions to important issues.

Themes within the programme

  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Design thinking
  • Materials and their properties
  • Project management
Letters of support for DEC - Universities

University of Westminster DEC! supportUniversity of Westminster

University of Westminster is a leading centre for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Rob Garvey, Senior Lecturer & Course Leader
“It is extremely beneficial for students entering higher education to have both a level of knowledge and understanding as well as practical experience of how the Built Environment is designed, engineered and constructed. DEC students are able to learn about the Built Environment and develop their skills and knowledge; this provides an excellent foundation should they choose to take any relevant higher education qualification.”

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Newcastle University DEC! supportNewcastle University

Newcastle is ranked in the top 12 UK universities for Architecture and Planning and are also an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) top 20 strategic partnerThey rank in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World Rankings 2018.

Dr Ruth Vater, School Manager, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
“We will be actively supporting schools offering Design Engineer Construct! – these qualifications are recognised by Newcastle University/School of Engineering as contributing to the entry requirements for a range of undergraduate courses alongside other qualifications at the same level.

Furthermore, we welcome the opportunity to recommend that these qualifications are acknowledged by Government as valid, rigorous, and worthy of recognition for performance table points, giving them academic equivalency and thereby encouraging their uptake in schools.”

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London South Bank University DEC! supportLondon South Bank University

London South Bank University is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. Since 1892, they’ve been providing vocationally-relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education.

Professor AW Thomas MBE, School of the Built Environment and Architecture
“I have witnessed firsthand the enthusiasm of teachers and staff who have been motivated by the imaginative project-based nature of delivery and assessment. This long much-needed suite of qualifications makes a significant contribution to remedying the growing skills gap at technical and professional levels. These qualifications provide a stimulating and appropriate pathway for young people aspiring to become Surveyors, Civil Engineers, Architects, Facilities Managers, Building Services Engineers, Chartered Builders, Landscape Architects and other similar professional careers.”

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Heriot Watt University DEC! supportHeriot Watt University

Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of education around the world.

Professor Fiona Grant, Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
“We will be actively supporting schools offering Design, Engineer, Construct! – these qualifications are recognised by Heriot Watt University, School of Energy Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society as contributing to the entry requirements for a range of undergraduate courses alongside other qualifications at the same level. Examples of such course are Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Urban Studies and Geography.

In working with Alison and being involved personally in participating in Secondary School activities using the DEC material, it is certainly a brilliant way to introduce School pupils to the various professions, knowledge and expertise required for a future career in this sector. The ability to draw on their existing STEM knowledge skills set and demonstrate a practical application to a particular job role and title, will have a positive impact on attracting future talent. ”

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University of Salford

The University of Salford in Manchester has a successful global presence and a turnover of £189m. Their 7 schools, 20,000 students and 2,500 staff have all grown to serve the needs of industry, commerce and education.

Dr Gerard Wood, Associate Dean (Academic) / School of the Built Environment
“We are keen to encourage schools to offer Design Engineer Construct! and, as such, are happy to accept these qualifications as contributing to the entry requirements for a range of undergraduate degree courses including BSc(Hons) in Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying, Construction Project Management, Architectural Design and Technology, and Architectural Engineering.

We have worked closely with Alison Watson at Class of Your Own Limited in recent years, particularly in Secondary School activities using the DEC materials, and have been impressed with the standard, content and levels of performance achieved by the pupils. It has provided an excellent introduction to the various professions, knowledge and expertise required for a career in this sector.”

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Northumbria University DEC support letterNorthumbria University, Newcastle

Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. It is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students.

Susan Dawson Bsc(Hons) PGCert FHEA
“We will be actively supporting schools offering Design Engineer Construct! – these qualifications are recognised by Northumbria University as contributing to the entry requirements for a range of undergraduate courses alongside other qualifications at the same level.”

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Letters of support for DEC - Industry

RICS DEC support letter

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RICS is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.

Matthew Howell, Managing Director, UK & Ireland
“Design Engineer Construct! proves that vocational learning can lead to more than just construction trades. Equipping young people with learning, knowledge and experience that prepares them for a professional career and working in partnership with industry will provide the talent for the future of the built environment. Specifically, we value DEC as a pathway to a career in surveying and the wider built environment including the Surveying Technician (Level 3) and the Chartered Surveying Apprenticeship (Degree).

RICS is committed to improving diversity and encouraging social mobility within the profession of surveying, hence our endorsement of Design Engineer Construct! which enables engagement with children from a wider range of backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences.”

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Gardiner and Theobold DEC support

Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES)

ICES is an international qualifying body dedicated to the regulation, education and training of surveyors working within civil engineering. ICES is now recognised as the LEADING chartered professional body for civil engineering surveyors.

Bill Pryke, Chief Executive Officer
“ICES has been impressed by the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme and sees it as playing a vital part in addressing the much-noted skills shortage in the construction and infrastructure industry. The industry is going through a ‘digital revolution’ under the remit of the Government’s Digital Built Britain initiative and it is vital that schemes such as Design Engineer Construct! tap into the enthusiasm for Digital that our young people have and introduce them to practical and exciting ways in which their skills can be used to transform the Built Environment.

Construction is a marvellous and rewarding place to work, but the industry has historically struggled to portray this. I cannot recommend the work of Class of Your Own and the Design Engineer Construct! programmes enough. We need the important role it plays in bringing through the professionals who will help transform the physical world to meet the global challenges of the future.”

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Topcon Positioning Systems

Topcon are a global company, whose mission is the smart integration of information and their technology to constantly improve productivity in order to create sustainable infrastructure and agriculture.

Ian Stilgoe, Vice President, Europe GeoPositioning Solutions
“…we have actively supported Class Of Your Own and DEC schools for a number of years, providing industry standard surveying and measurement equipment and specialist teacher training for DEC teachers throughout the UK.

As a global company of 2000+ employees, we recognise the relevance of the DEC program to deliver great teaching and learning opportunities in the field of geospatial surveying and engineering, preparing secondary school students for the real world of work in the Digital Built Environment. Specifically, we value DEC as a pathway to careers as civil engineers and surveyors including apprenticeships.

The program opens excellent career choices for young adults and brings to life transferable STEM skills to all who are offered this excellent program.”

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Mott MacDonald DEC Support

Mott Macdonald Group

Mott MacDonald is the UK’s largest global management, engineering and development consultancy.

Keith Howells, Chairman 
“…we value DEC providing a clear line of sight to a variety of rewarding and fulfilling professional careers in the sector, and an encouragement to follow STEM subjects. More specifically we would expect that DEC will provide insight into potential careers as planners; architects; civil, structural mechanical and electrical engineers; project and commercial managers; quantity surveyors; environmental scientists, etc through both degree and apprenticeship routes.

Mott Macdonald has been a long term supporter of “Class of Your Own” and “Design Engineer Construct!”, as we recognise the important role that they play in the development of the skills required to support the delivery of buildings and infrastructure the country so desperately needs.”

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Arup DEC support

Arup

Arup are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists working across every aspect of today’s Built Environment. They have produced some of the world’s most ambitious and highest performing buildings.

Andrew McDowell, Associate Director, Building Engineering
“Arup have actively supported a number of schools offering the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme and qualifications for a number of years, and recognise their worth in the education of the next generation of young professionals. We believe they provide a terrific basis for young people to understand more about engineering and the construction industry, and to apply their mathematical and communication skills in real world design situations. The students also learn to use digital Building Information Modelling (BIM), using the software “Revit”, which is becoming the industry standard for construction in the UK. Specifically, these job roles are design engineering roles across a range of disciplines including Structural Civil and Building Services Engineering.

Furthermore, a number of DEC students have subsequently applied to our apprentice training programme; their knowledge and understanding of the construction has helped them earn a place on that programme and are now full employees of the firm. Specifically, these are apprenticeships in Civil Engineering.”

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BAM Construct UK DEC support

BAM Construct UK

BAM Construct UK is one of the most successful construction and property services companies in the UK.

Graham Cash, Chief Executive
“BAM is actively supporting schools and colleges offering the Design Engineer Construct! Learning Programme and qualifications via Class Of Your Own’s Adopt A School scheme, and recognise their worth in the education of the next generation of young built environment professionals.

The construction industry has to respond to a global challenge to create a sustainable, low carbon built environment, as well as keep pace with rapid developments in technology. In order to meet these challenges, we will need to recruit a more diverse workforce that is capable of working collaboratively and creatively. This means that we have to work harder to encourage as many talented and enthusiastic students as possible to choose the built environment professions as their preferred career.

This new qualification provides students with the broad-based foundation of skills and knowledge needed for them to progress to further professional study in the various construction disciplines. More importantly it open their eyes to the new ways of working that are evolving in the construction sector, and the wide range of career opportunities that now exist.”

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Happold Foundation DEC support

BurroHappold & The Happold Foundation

BuroHappold is an international, integrated engineering consultancy.

The Happold Foundation is a charity dedicated to using engineering skills and experience to make a positive impact on people’s lives. They work with young people, educators and researchers to shape a community who want to improve the built environment.

Emily McDonald, Fergus Anderson
“Through engaging young people with the built environment in their local community we have seen first-hand how the learning programme is able to inspire curiosity. We support Design Engineer Construct! as an integral part of our own aspirations as well as part of the solution to the UK’s skills shortage.”

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Gardiner and Theobold DEC support

Gardiner & Theobold LLP

Gardiner & Theobold is an independent construction and property consultancy working across all sectors of the Built Environment.

Tony Burton, Senior Partner
“In fact we are actively recruiting DEC students who are continuing their studies whilst in employment with Apprenticeships in Surveying Technician at Level 3 and Degree Apprenticeships in Chartered Surveying at Level 6. This is what industry needs and what industry wants. We are simply unable to recruit sufficient people from cognate degree courses alone. Built Environment courses taught in schools leading to rewarding careers in a sector which is desperately short of skills.

We wholeheartedly support DEC at all levels.”

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Balfour Beatty DEC! support letter

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group creating infrastructure, supporting communities and enabling growth.

Ken Brown, Project Manager
“Balfour Beatty and Class of Your Own have been in discussions for a number of years exploring ways in which to engage with young people on a programme that would create a platform for creative learning whilst also providing avenues to explore the world of engineering and potentially start them on a career within the industry.

Only recently has the opportunity arisen in Perth and Dundee for the partnership to come together and deliver for two local secondary schools. Balfour Beatty is committed to engaging with school-aged children both as neighbours but also to enthuse about careers within engineering and construction.

The work of Class of Your Own and the DEC programme is the perfect opportunity for us to bring to life often static STEM based learning. Our partnership in both local authority areas is still at a relative infantile stage but from initial experiences we are confident that this programme will provide a fantastic platform for learning for the young people but also give our own employees the opportunities to be inspired by the next generation of construction professionals.”

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Seddon DEC support

Seddon Construction

Seddon Construction is family-owned and managed business that carries out development, building and maintenance services across the UK, with a turnover in excess of £200 million.

Roy Cavanagh MBE
“Alison Watson and Class of Your Own are a quite marvellous organisation. In my role as National Chair for the 14-19 C&BE Education Group, I visit many University’s Colleges and Schools around the country, and nothing, but nothing, I have seen covers what they produce for young people. Interestingly for teachers also as they really bring learning to the fore. I am proud to help and work alongside them anytime.”

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The Survey Association DEC support letter

The Survey Association

The Survey Association promotes best practice, provides guidance and support and continuing professional development for UK commercial survey companies.

Rory M Stanbridge, Secretary General
“…we have actively supported schools offering the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme and qualifications for a number of years, and recognise their worth in the education of the next generation of young professionals.

The Survey Association has always understood the need to get youngsters involved in the survey profession and has even developed a website devoted solely to this. We are also investing considerable time and funds into introducing a new Apprenticeship which will provide a pathway into the surveying profession.

This is vital for the future of the UK’s construction industry as every project commences with a survey of some type.”

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UK BIM Alliance DEC support

UK BIM Alliance

UK BIM Alliance are an organisation whose context is the digital formation of the Built Environment.
In an industry of over 2.1M people, where 95% work in SMEs; their mission is to enable all actors to understand the value of a digitally enabled industry.

Dr Anne Kemp, Chair, UK BIM Alliance & John Eynon, Chair, BIM Regions UK
“Our society and communities are being transformed on a daily basis by the impact of digital technologies and the increasing use of data driven processes. The centrality of our young people to this transformation is critical, as they move into industry and society. Our success and sustainability as UK PLC will be built on their ability to perform and lead on the global digital stage. Therefore the above [DEC] initiatives are to be very much welcomed, applauded and fully supported.”

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Colt International DEC! support letter

COLT International

Colt is a £150m turnover, privately owned company founded in 1931 that provides and services innovative solutions and products for smoke control, ventilation, solar shading and climate technology.

David Fitzpatrick, Business Development Director
“The experience we have had through DEC has been excellent, we have seen the joy in the students who have found a real purpose within the school environment. It has made pupils believe there are so many opportunities available when they leave school within the construction industry.”

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More letters of support from industry (click to read)

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Letters of support for DEC - Schools

Atrium School

Atrium School DEC support letterSam Morcumb, Assistant Principal
“DEC enables students to engage in a curriculum that aligns with our whole-school approach to ‘hands -on, minds- on learning’.  Employers who work with us (either by mentoring students or facilitating work placement) have praised their ability to participate in tasks that ‘non-DEC’  students would not ordinarily understand. Employers have even approached us to secure apprentices; appreciating our students’  depth and breadth of knowledge.

DEC also enables students to apply their learning in other subject areas –  including but not limited to Maths, Science, English and Geography. In a recent Ofsted inspection of the school, HMI recognized that the weaving together of DEC and other subjects leaves students ‘highly motivated and keen to succeed…producing high calibre work’  (Atrium inspection report 2018).

DEC Level 2 enables students to pursue DEC at Level 3. The course allows students to complement other subjects they may wish to pursue at A Level. A number of our employers have already commented on our Level 3 students being comparable to undergraduates in terms of knowledge and presentation of work.

Higher level academic institutions have shown support and enthusiasm for the work our Level 3 students produce – once they have seen a portfolio they have offered unconditional places on courses! It is clear that the rigour, depth and detail of the course, particularly with applied industry knowledge and software experience, enable students to take significant steps toward their future in apprenticeships and/or higher education.

We are seeing the divide between education and industry shrinking significantly, due to the nature of our school and the real world relevance and validity of DEC”

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More letters of support from schools (click to read)

St Ambrose DEC support letter

Norbury Manor DEC support letter

Heathcote School DEC support letter

Clacton Coastal Academy DEC support letter

Fees

Quality Assurance, Moderation and Exam Entry costs

Centre Registration
Centre registration includes initial centre risk assessment and Assessor training, telephone support, curriculum guidance and one mandatory moderation visit per annum.

For centres registering in 2017 there will be no centre registration fee. Please contact support@classofyour.com for further details.

Qualification costs (including moderation):
£30 per learner for level 1 (4 units)
£40  per learner for level 2 (4 units)
£100  per learner for all level 3 (5 units)

Exam entries are charged at an additional cost of £6 for online exams and £9 for paper based exams. Level 1 exams are online only and cost £3.

All costs are per pupil per sitting. Please note that these are 2017 costs and are subject to review.

DEC prior to September 2017 - TLM

Prior to September 2017, the Design Engineer Construct! learning programme was named ‘Designing Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment’ and was accredited by TLM.  For English schools with students expecting to complete their students on or before Summer 2019 please note that performance points sit with this TLM accredited qualification.   See QAN codes below for details.  All queries regarding this qualification should go directly to TLM their website is https://theingots.org/community/


Who we are

Class of Your Own Limited has been delivering one day workshops and other built environment student engagement programmes to schools/colleges since 2009 and, from September 2012, the full and accredited DEC curriculum and learning programme. We are a Social Business, with social purpose objects and restriction on distribution of profits being entrenched in our governing documents.

Our aim is the achievement of our vision and mission through the delivery of the DEC curriculum, with corresponding increased positive social outcomes. We work in partnership and collaboration with schools, government and industry organisations to this effect.

Our Vision
Inspiring all young people to reach their full potential through world class education and opportunity.

Our Mission
To develop innovative, contextualised approaches to teaching and learning, enable young people from all backgrounds to explore aspirational career pathways, and establish sustainable relationships between education and industry to provide a world of opportunity for young people.

Where it all began…

Land Surveyor Alison Watson and Architect Dan Gibson set up Class Of Your Own Limited in May 2009 to provide hands on workshops and a dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focussed creative curriculum. Our aim was to encourage students, teachers and parents to recognise careers in Architecture, Engineering and Construction as highly skilled opportunities, and wholly relevant to future employment prospects. After an inspiring workshop with a group of absolutely brilliant secondary school students, we had a rather life changing “what if?” moment, the catalyst for Design Engineer Construct!® the most innovative, challenging and relevant secondary school curriculum development in recent years.

What if…

  • we could harness the enthusiasm we had seen that day and offer the students a long term project with more detailed content and defined outcomes?
  • this project could be a cross-curricular, multi-disciplinary, broad introduction into the built environment with sustainable, low energy design at its core?
  • we could fully unlock the educational possibilities and learning potential within large scale construction projects taking place nearby or even within their school?
  • we could give students a real insight into the processes, disciplines and personalities involved in these projects and enable them to appreciate the professional careers that exist within our industry?
  • we could give them the knowledge, skills and most importantly, a “blank canvas” that would enable all students, regardless of ability, to explore and build their own ideas from scratch?
  • we could give them the know-how to harness industry leading BIM technology, cutting edge software AND hardware as tools to realise their ideas?
  • collaborative working, shared learning and best practice could become second nature from the age of 11?
  • we could connect students with local industry professionals who could act as mentors during their project and build long term relationships with the school?
  • we could offer them a formal qualification before they even reach GCSE options stage that provided a foundation for further exploration and  continued learning?
  • we could use this foundation as a platform to offer routes into a range of professional apprenticeship programmes with global companies, vocational training and real work experience?
  • through this process we could begin to address the demographic time bomb that is resulting in a growing skills gap in UK educated construction professionals?
  • EVERY student that followed the curriculum through to the age of 18 was given access to real opportunities to follow a career in the built environment with a network of world leading organisations?
  • regardless of their chosen career path we could just help them to “think like engineers”, develop problem solving skills and see the world a little differently?
  • we could create a brand new educational programme to do ALL of these things?
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