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Students are the very first Level 3 DEC graduates in the country!

Students are the very first Level 3 DEC graduates in the country!


Three students at St Ambrose Barlow Sixth Form College are the very first graduates in the country of the Level 3 Design, Engineer Construct (DEC) course.

Design, Engineer, Construct Level 3 is a qualification that enables learners to gain an academic and industry recognised Sustainable Built Environment qualification.This offers them the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge fundamental to successful engagement in the professional aspects of the Construction and Built Environment sector of industry. The flexible learning at St Ambrose Barlow Sixth Form means that students at can combine this course with complementary A Levels or BTEC courses.

The qualification was developed in partnership with the construction industry and encompasses a wide range of general knowledge, understanding and competences. The use of industry standard software Revit gives students the edge in the employment market, as does a partnership with Laing O'Rourke which provides industry support and a hands on approach, equipping students with the technical knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to a professional career in the construction sector.

"Students enter undergraduate programmes in Architecture from a wide range of backgrounds. However it is rare that they have had experience of the building design process, or that they have an understanding of the range of applied sustainability issues that need to be addressed in contemporary architectural practice. The DEC! curriculum provides a meaningful insight into both of these."Dr Charlie Smith MA DipArch PhD AdvDip PGCert, Senior Lecturer (Architecture), Liverpool School of Art and Design.

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