40% non-exam assessment
Engineering is a mathematically demanding choice. Focussing heavily on electronic programming mechanisms, this theoretical course relies heavily on a deep grasp of the principles of physics. This course is suitable for students who are expected to achieve at least a grade 6 in maths and science. If you choose this course, your maths and science teachers will be asked to verify that you are able to cope with the demands of the course.
This innovative qualification offers learners access to ‘real-life’ aspects of engineering practices. They also have the opportunity to work with a range of materials to manufacture useful, well-engineered and designed products. The students gain an understanding of the electronics and use 3D CAD and 3D printing to develop an engineered design.
The development of practical engineering skills is central to the non-examined assessment. This assessment consists mainly of a design and make task; the brief for this being set by the exam board each year.
The use of mathematical skills is a key requirement and is tested in the examination (20% of written paper). An understanding of underlying scientific principles is expected.
IT in Engineering
Solidworks, 3D Design, 2D Design, programmable technology, nutritional analysis, CAD, BBC Mircobit, crumbles.
Numeracy and Literacy in Engineering
Numeracy - Reading scales, scale and proportion, ratios, percentages, data analysis, isometric drawing, measuring.
Literacy - Technical terminology, expression of ideas, annotations, oral expressions, text planning, reasoned explanations.
SMSC in Engineering
Spiritual - Imagination, inspiration, instiling a sense of awe, wonder and mystery, encouraging creativity.
Moral - Students are given an awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances. Encouraging students to become responsible consumers.
Social - Industrial visits, opportunities to work as a team, promoting equality of opportunity, providing an awareness of areas of gender issues.
Cultural - Diversity of materials and ways in which technology can improve the quality of life. Investigate how different cultures have contributed to technology.