GCSE Engineering

GCSE Engineering

 

Introduction

 

In studying this course you will gain a comprehensive introduction to the world of Engineering. You will learn about the process of designing, you will make an engineered product from two materials and you will also learn about engineering materials and components. You will learn about other aspects of engineering such as the application of new technologies and sustainable development.

 

 

 

Why study engineering?

 

It’s fun to design:

• you get to use graphics and Computer Aided Design tools to communicate your design ideas;

It’s fun to make:

• you get to make a specified product working with tools and machines;

• you get the satisfaction of transforming a block of material into a functional part; and

• you get an insight into the world of engineering and the many opportunities it has to offer.

 

 

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

 

Unit 1: Engineering design and graphical communication

This unit is about the process of designing.You will analyse a client brief, detailproduction constraints, develop a rangeof design ideas and choose a final designsolution. You will produce engineeringdrawings of your final design to test itagainst the original brief. In this unit you will make an engineered product consisting of two different materials.

 

Your teacher will record and mark your performance throughout the task. You will learn about engineering materials and their properties/functions; quality control techniques; new technology used in and by the engineering industries; impact of modern technologies; and engineered products.

 

Controlled assessment (25 hours)

In this unit you will produce a portfolio under controlled conditions. Your teacher assesses the portfolio and the examination board will moderate it.
Unit 2: Engineering production

In this unit you will make an engineered product consisting of two different materials. Your teacher will record and mark your performance throughout the task.

 

Controlled assessment (25 hours)

You will make an engineered product under controlled conditions. This must include two components of different materials. Your teacher assesses your work and the examination board will moderate it.

 

 

Unit 3: Engineering Technology

 

You will learn about engineering materials and their properties/functions; quality control techniques; new technology used in and by the engineering industries; impact of modern technologies; and engineered products.

 

External assessment (Two 1 hour examinations)

In paper 1 (1 hour) you are tested on your knowledge of the use and impact of ICT; automation; components; modern materials; and control technology; and your knowledge and understanding of products, tools and equipment associated with the engineering industry. Paper 2 (1 hour) is based on pre-release materials. It tests you on your research into a product specified in the pre-release materials.

 

 

 

Your future

 

We intend to offer A level Engineering in the future. If successful at GCSE you could progress to the A level Engineering or the A level Design and Technology course, as the knowledge and skills are transferable.

 

Studying Engineering is entirely appropriate for further study or a career in the wide field of Engineering. The course leans towards mechanical engineering, manufacturing and design but also covers electrical and electronic principles.  The engineering course can also enhance your scientific and ICT knowledge.

 

 

You will not be allowed to study Engineering and Technology & Design