Welcome to Engineering
Engineering is offered as an option subject at KS4 and as a post-16 Level 3 qualification; both courses are Cambridge National equivalents for GCSE and A level. Whilst the subject has its roots in Design Technology, much of its content draws on knowledge and skills from the subject of Maths, Physics and Computing.
The study of this subject will introduce learners to the design cycle, and to the relationship between design briefs and design specifications. This will include understanding the different influences and demands on how products are designed and manufactured, such as legislation and quality considerations.
The subject develops techniques in generation, concept development and the communication of design ideas using hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques, including computer aided design software.
Learners will generate design ideas using a mixture of detailed hand rendering and computer-based presentation techniques, including computer aided design in 2 and 3 dimensions. Learners will gain skills in annotation and labelling techniques, such as showing key features, functions, dimensions, materials, construction/manufacture methods.
At the heart of the curriculum in Engineering is the opportunity to apply the skills that have been learnt through a range of practical engineering-based tasks in the context of an assignment which will be set by the examination board; this assignment will cover product analysis and research, developing and presenting engineering designs and 3D design realisation.