Engineering Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Engage in a range of intellectual and practical processes in order to solve problems through the production of engineered outcomes.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of materials, components and resources relating to engineering and an understanding of health and safety procedures and be able to carry out practical activities in a safe way.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and be able to apply these where appropriate in order to produce a manufactured outcome.
  • Draw on knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and techniques in order to engineer products which provide a functioning solution in response to a given brief.
  • Develop an understanding of how emerging technologies (in areas such as materials science, information technology (IT) and communications, energy, medicine and robotics) have changed and will continue to change the way in which engineered products are made and used.

Years 9, 10 and 11

QUALIFICATION: Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
AWARDING BODY: NCFE

What will I learn?
This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in engineering. It will provide you with experience of using different tools and materials to enable you to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give you a basic understanding of what engineering may involve.

How will I learn?
You will learn through a mixture of practical design and manufacturing workshops which are supported by theoretical lessons and research.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Understanding the Engineering World Written Examination [40%]
Unit 2: Skills and Techniques in Engineering (Synoptic project) Internally assessed [60%]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
As well as being a fun, interesting and challenging subject, engineering can lead into future careers in various engineering sectors, construction, mechanical, civil, steel fabrication & many more.

 

Years 12 and 13


QUALIFICATION: BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering
AWARDING BODY: Pearson Edexcel

Why study Engineering?
The world around us is an engineered world. Increasingly, technology is being used to shape and develop all aspects of life. Engineering allows students to appreciate how science and mathematics are applied to real world situations through a range of practical tasks.

Engineering is a vocation valued across the globe and can lead to students undertaking a wide variety of career paths for example in the civil, mechanical and automotive engineering sectors. The demand for engineers is increasing and now is a very good time to learn the practical and theoretical skills necessary to becoming an engineer.

What will I learn?
You will complete four modules or units in engineering. The first three are mandatory units. These include Unit 1, engineering principles which deal with the science and mathematics aspect of engineering. Unit 2 involves students working as a team to deliver an engineering process safely. Unit 3 which is called engineering product design and manufacture assesses student’s abilities to plan independently the manufacture of an engineered product.

The optional unit is Unit 9, work experience in the engineering sector, which provides students with a chance to undertake a week’s worth of work experience in an engineering environment.

How will I learn?
Lessons will include a mixture of discussions, interactive activities, independent research and practical activities. Students will be provided with many opportunities to take part in competitions as well as going on visits to a range of engineering companies.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 is an internally assessed exam that will be sat in January. Unit 3 is an externally set exam that students complete over a number of hours in class. The work is then marked externally. Units 2 and 9 are set and marked internally – they are the more traditional coursework style units where students produce answers to set assignments based on the content of those units.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4 (or equivalent) including English and Science and a grade 5 or above in Maths.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Achieving a distinction in the course will enable students to progress on to university to study a range of foundation degree engineering courses. Also, students can use this course as a springboard into engineering apprenticeships or pursue further study at college.