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Aims of the course

Intended as an introduction to Engineering, this qualification allows you to develop skills and understanding, which will be of use generally and as part of a progressive career path leading to further technical or academic engineering quali­fications. A major feature of this specification is that it integrates designing, making and the applications of technologies whilst allowing flexibility to devise programmers which can be delivered as manageable tasks.

What will I learn?

You will be encouraged to get to grips with new technologies, learn practical skills and above all learn to apply a wide range of knowledge and understanding to solve real needs. This in turn will help to equip you to thrive in an ever changing world. Some of the topics covered include: Computer aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), smart and modern materials, product analysis and sustainability as well as more traditional skills such as Technical Drawing, milling and Casting.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be broken down into two sections. You will complete a foundation year (which will include computer Aided Design & manufacture using the school laser, router and 3D printers) which may lead to a level 2 QCF qualification .This will be followed by a two year GCSE course in Engineering. The foundation course will be assessed by practical skills based coursework. The two year Engineering course is broken down into two modules. One is assessed by a 2Hr written exam and the other through coursework assessment in the form of a controlled assessment test. The coursework is worth 60% of the overall grade, the written paper 40%.

What can I do after I have completed the course?

An Engineering GCSE will equip you with skills suitable for many types of employment and life in general. It may also lead directly to an engineering course in further education.

Potential Careers

You may go on to study 'A' level product design, Engineering diploma's HNC/HND Engineering (Mechanical, Manufactur­ing, operations, others) Foundation degrees in Engineering or a B. Eng,/ M. Eng,

Careers might include; civil engineering, product designing, mechanical or electrical engineering, auto design and engi­neering, aero engineering, architecture, machinist, tool maker, medical science, space travel.

Special Considerations

A good level of mathematics and science, in particular physics will help with your ability to do well in the subject. To enable you to make a product that you will value we ask that you contribute toward the cost of your final project in year eleven.

As part of the year nine course you will spend time at our partner engineering company (Mazak UK) learning about industrial technologies and their applications. You will also have the chance to apply for a weeks industrial placement at Mazak through the Industrial Cadetship (a scheme encour­aged by H'RH Prince Charles) run by the Engineering Development Trust.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For further information talk to Mr Shepherd or Mr Jeeves (Subject Leader for Design and Technology).

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