There are three different pathway routes you might choose for careers related to this subject, and you should explore the suitability of each with a specialist advisor.
Engineering, which includes substantial college based study usually funded by the employer, and Master Craftsman apprenticeship sponsored by a guild or craft body. The training is very ‘hands on’ and you are paid during the period which can be up to 5 years. Qualifications can vary and can include degree depending on the type of study carried out alongside the training.
For many of the creative degree courses D&T offers a route through Art foundation certificate. This involves a one year study which acts for some as a pre-degree course. Programmes of study are more open and introductory than degree but will carry an emphasis on the family of specialism’s you are interested in. Application to degree is usually made during the course and involves the production of an advanced and comprehensive portfolio.
Direct entry to degree
Traditionally this has been for subjects like Architecture and Engineering through either Ucas routes. Increasingly Students at Weald are opting for entry into route B courses directly, without Art Foundation to lessen overall costs for example in subjects like Graphics or Jewellery Design. You should be aware that you may feel disadvantaged initially when joining a course populated by students who have spent a year at college already, but feedback suggests that our students have all adapted and progressed well.