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Cert HE

Certificate of Higher Education in Global Design Engineering

Course highlights

  • Get a taster of Global Design Engineering
  • Understand if degree study is for you
  • Gain a Level 4 qualification
  • Establish connections with industry
  • Gain practical, hands-on engineering experience through projects
  • Develop a broad range of skills that you will be able to take into the workplace


The Certificate of Higher Education in Global Design Engineering (Cert HE) enables you to explore the content and learning outcomes of the first year of the Global Design Engineering BEng.

This programme bridges the many disciplines of engineering, including mechanical, computer, civil, environmental and product design. Projects will be developed around key themes such as smart cities, sustainability, user-centred design and manufacturing. These projects will be real-life industry challenges and will involve collaboration with industry.

This interdisciplinary programme is ideal if you’re interested in all aspects of engineering and don’t want to decide on a specific discipline. The skills and knowledge you will gain are equally applicable to systems, products and processes across engineering.

The course is well-suited for anyone considering higher education but unsure about, or unable to, commit to the full 3 year degree. On completion of the certificate, there is the opportunity to progress to a diploma or the degree.

Course content

The TEDI-London programme will comprise the following compulsory (core) modules. There are no optional modules.

What you’ll learn

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of:   

  • The importance of context and understanding of user needs in real-world global problems and the relevance of ethical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of engineering design
  • The underpinning scientific, mathematical and engineering principles and methodologies relevant to engineering and design 
  • The characteristics of materials, equipment, processes, or products 
  • The design process and design methodologies 
  • How to apply the principles of engineering design and manufacturing design and development to provide solutions 

As part of this certificate, you will develop a professional portfolio reflecting upon what you learn throughout the year.

Project work

You’ll work hands-on in our ‘makerspaces’, both individually and in groups, to research, design and create conceptual designs, or artefacts and prototypes. You’ll be guided through the project and problem-based learning approach through tutorials that provide the opportunity to discuss challenges associated with the projects and share your ideas and learn from each other.

Teaching comprises workshops, masterclasses, group discussions and practical sessions in the makerspaces. This is supported by individual theoretical study through our online learning environment.

Assessment is a mixture of group project reports, individual reports​​, pitches​, presentations​, demonstrations​​, short videos​ and posters. There will also be two open book examinations at the end of the year.

Entry requirements

The following criteria is intended as a guide to help you gauge if TEDI-London is for you:

  • If studying A Levels, IB, BTEC (or any post 16 education) you’ll be on track for approximately 112-120 UCAS points or equivalent
  • If studying A Level Maths qualification (or equivalent) you should be on track to achieve a grade C
  • No maths A Level? No problem. You can sit our online maths refresher course instead.

No Maths A-Level? No problem

We believe that students without an A-Level or BTEC qualification in Maths should not have to miss out on studying engineering at degree level. That’s why, if this applies to you, we’ll give you the opportunity to complete a refresher course to improve your mathematical skills.

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