We cannot predict the future but one thing remains a certainty, engineers will play a huge role in shaping the world around us. Engineering is offered as a vocational subject to Key Stage 4. With the application of science, engineering and numeracy students can link practical and problem solving skill with the Engineered world.
What is the course about?
The course focuses on manufacturing and multiple-production techniques. Students design and make products incorporating mechanisms, electronics, CAD and structural principles, using materials and components for strength and fitness-for-purpose. The majority of projects are linked to real world learning and National competitions. Students will gain an appreciation for the accuracy required to produce precision components within Engineering. They will also develop their ability to work independently as well as being an integral member of a team.
How will students learn?
Students will learn through practical tasks and application of knowledge. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding when carrying out practical tasks in the workshop. Learning will be supported by visits to local Engineering establishments and industry experts in lesson. Students will need to be highly motivated to ensure that they keep up to date with coursework and meet unit deadlines throughout the duration of the course. Enthusiastic students will take the time to further research principles learnt in class to enhance their learning.
Coursework and examination
The course spans the duration of KS4, during which students must complete all four units to be successful. Coursework can be submitted through a range of media, for example, video, verbal presentations, reports and demonstrations to the class. Staff constantly record student’s progress and complete witness statements to record students understanding of a topic. Two of the units will be through online external examination. All units include pass, merit and distinction tasks to ensure that students reach their potential.
During this course a wide range of disciplines are learnt, enable students to apply for places on specialist courses at Colleges or Sixth Forms. Many of our past students have progressed to study Engineering at degree level.
This course leads well into the Level 3 Engineering Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering course offered at P16.