Every day we take for granted the roads we travel upon, the bridges we cross, the cars, planes, boats we travel in and the computers we use. These are all products of engineering. An engineer implements innovative ideas and solutions to problems that are both practical and cost effective.
We are currently offering BTEC Engineering as an option at KS4, however pupils need to be aware this may change to become an alternative qualification in materials technology. The new technical award course is a more practical based qualification and would deliver skills to pupils looking for a future in the engineering sector. This offers a wider range of skills for suitable for careers in Engineering. If you are seriously interested in the Engineering sector as a career choice we strongly recommend that you also choose DT as another option as these complement each other and skills can easily be transferred across. This is dependant on qualifications verified by the DFE.
What will I study?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:
• development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
• knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry
• knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
• knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief. This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Design and Technology by broadening the application of design and make tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.
- Willingness to learn and act upon instructions
- Interested in working with your hands
- You must be on at least a grade 3 or above in Maths and science.
- Measuring and numeracy skills
- Enthusiasm for the subject
- Hard working and an ability to work independently and in groups
- You will be require to write an submit reports and presentations for all units of study.
How will I be assessed?
Components 1 & 2 are classroom based assignments and component 3 consists of a experimental type exam and written exam. Pupils may have the opportunity to resit the exam once if they do not pass.
How can Engineering help me in the future?
You can go on to progress to College to study more advanced qualifications including :-
- Higher level 2/level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Higher level 2/level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing
- Higher level 2/level 3 Diploma in Welding/Fabrication.
- Level 3 Apprenticeships within the Engineering Industry and Motor Vehicle Maintenance Sector.
How do I find out more?
Ask Mr Calow for more information and guidance.