Many of the students undertaking the Design Engineer Construct!® programme aspire to go to University, either via the traditional full time route, or part time via a recognised employer / apprenticeship scheme.
We encourage all our students to progress and are working with some of the most progressive Schools of Engineering, Architecture and the Built Environment to ensure that they are learning the most up to date syllabus in order to prepare them to hit the ground running in Year One.
By the time students of DEC reach Level 3, they are already well versed in collaborative working and BIM technology and processes, whichever career path they choose. They understand sustainability in the context of design, engineering and lifecycle of a building.
And equally important, they’ve already had a taste of what University life is like through the strong links already forged by their schools.
COYOPALS encourages young people to support each other and to learn co-operatively under the guidance of students from local universities.
The Class Of Your Own Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (“COYOPALS”) is a scheme that fosters interdisciplinary support between university students currently studying for degrees in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, and secondary school students progressing through the Design Engineer Construct!® study programme at all levels. COYOPALS encourages young people to support each other and to learn co-operatively under the guidance of students from local universities.
COYOPALS is a partnership between Class Of Your Own Limited (COYO) and University Schools and Student Services. Secondary schools are ‘adopted’ through existing feeder school relationships, Widening Participation programmes, or may be partnered through relationships developed with COYO.
COYOPALS has a number of aims:
- To promote Architecture, Engineering and Construction to young people
- To raise the aspirations of young people who may not have considered university as an option
- To support young people in discovering FE and HE routes to industry
- To support young people in developing learning, skills and techniques relevant to AEC
- To promote active, independent learning
- To offer in-class support and workshops relevant to the Design Engineer Construct!® curriculum.
- To provide university students with Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) recognition by promoting and widening participation in the learning of their particular subject, and in higher education in general.
- To provide an opportunity to showcase students’ achievements to employers at all levels
- To enable employers to access a talent pipeline of relevant candidates in anticipation of future hiring needs