ENGINEERING

Subject Overview

Engineering introduces students to a host of new technologies, helping them to gain practical skills and understanding to inspire a lifelong interest in engineering. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy being creative, with an affinity for drawing, design, maths and problem-solving.

KEY STAGE 4

AQA GCSE

Written exam: 2 hours
120 marks – 60% of GCSE

Application of skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context.
Analysis and evaluation of evidence.

Non-Examined Assessment brief
80 marks – 40% of GCSE

Students produce:
Engineering drawings or schematics to communicate a solution to the brief.
an engineering product that solves a problem.

Course Content

Written Exam:
Engineering materials
Material costs and supply
Factors influencing design of solutions
Engineering manufacturing processes
Systems (mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic, structural)
Testing and investigation
The impact of modern technologies

Practical Engineering skills:
Producing drawing and schematics
Use of CAD
Testing materials for suitability
Predicting performance (calculations and models)
Selection of materials, parts, components, tools & equipment
Selection of appropriate manufacturing processes
Manufacturing a working solution
Applying quality control methods and techniques
Designing tests to assess fitness for purpose / performance of completed product.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/subject-areas/engineering

https://www.howstuffworks.com

https://www.stem.org.uk

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engineering/gcse/engineering-8852

Exam Success

N/A this course is being taught from September 2018