Engineering

Welcome

Engineering is a diverse and growing industry and we recognise that giving students the opportunity to explore engineering in school equips them with the broad knowledge and skills that might help them to pursue engineering as a future career.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, students are exposed to a wide variety of topics in different material areas. The KS3 course is designed to enable the students to experience a broad range of material areas and develop knowledge and skills that will help them to solve problems and to work with various materials. Student will explore many of the concepts common to Engineering and touch on some of the processes that might be used in Engineering. At KS3 students work through a wide variety of topics between Year 7 and Year 9.

Key Stage 4

Students choosing to pursue Engineering at KS4 will be learn about the various sectors of engineering, the many varied roles of the engineer and the use of ICT to support designing and making in the Engineering industry. Part of the course will teach the students a range of Engineering techniques and the importance of safe working practice. Students are expected to recognise the need to adapt to different ways of learning and understand that engineers work in many different ways in addition to making and repairing products. To gain their final grade, students will be assessed through coursework and through externally set tasks and an exam.

Key Stage 5

At KS5, students can choose to extend their knowledge and skills in Engineering by following this Level 3 course. This course explores how Engineers must be able to analyse problems, identify and often calculate solutions, plan for manufacture and work together with others to safely produce products. Over the two year duration, they will complete 4 units of work. Two of these units are externally examined and two are internally assessed. The work is largely presented as Assignments and wherever possible related to vocational or industrial scenarios.

Assessment

KS4: Internal and External assessments through Assignments and Examinations.

KS5: Two external exams and two internal assignments

Examination Boards

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award: Pearsons

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate: Pearsons

Resources to Support Learning

Students are expected to use a range of manual machines and CADCAM processes to complete assignments.

All of our resources are available in Google Classroom and students can easily access these from multiple places.

We often use the popular website www.technologystudent.com

Careers Links

Careers form a significant part of the programme of study as students need to understand the roles available in various Engineering sectors.

We also encourage and continually develop links with industry both locally and further afield to broaden students understanding of engineering in a real world setting and regularly provide students with apprenticeship information.

Subject Staff

Mr C Watson

Miss L.Whitelock

Mr M Skinner