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Year 10 and 11: OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2

Exam Board: OCR

The Cambridge Nationals qualifications in Engineering provide an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. Alongside classroom teaching, learners can gain knowledge, skills and understanding through practical participation in engineering activities. This enables them to gain engineering knowledge and allows them to become familiar with the language, skills and processes required to work in the engineering industry. Learners are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in engineering in preparation for higher level engineering courses or apprenticeships. On completion learners will gain three different qualification in; Engineering Design, Engineering Manufacturing and Systems and Control in Engineering.

Year 10/11: OCR GCSE Product Design

Throughout this two year programme of study, students will complete four units of work:

  • Unit A551: Developing and Applying Design Skills
  • Unit A552: Designing and Making Innovation Challenge
  • Unit A553: Making, Testing and Marketing Products
  • Unit A554: Designing Influences

Units A551 and A553 are internally assessed controlled assessments covering skills such as researching, designing, making, prototyping, testing and analysis. This equates to 60% of their final GCSE mark.

Units A553 and A554 are externally assessed, with the Design and make Innovation challenge has been designed to challenge students preparation and analysis skills, to then apply them to a design concept under examination conditions.

A554 is an external examination covering course content learned over the two years.

Students will be building a wide variety of knowledge and skills to work towards creating a final prototype and portfolio.

When given their design brief, students are given complete autonomy within a theme on what they wish to design and make to develop innovative and creative products, along with the manufacturing processes they wish to carry out. They are encouraged to used CAD and CAM facilities and to use all of the facilities we have here at NUAST in order to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and creativity to achieve their full potential.

Year 13: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering - legacy course

Exam Board: Edexcel

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering has been designed to give new entrants to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern mechanical engineering industries.

The qualifications have been designed so that learners can progress into Higher Education, for example to BTEC Higher Nationals and undergraduate engineering degree qualifications, or into Apprenticeships.

This BTEC qualification in Engineering has been designed with flexible qualification structures and provides a range of units so that learners can focus on their chosen career or area of interest. Several of the core units are common to different engineering disciplines and provide learners with the required underpinning knowledge of health and safety, mathematics, science, communications and project planning and implementation for success in the specialist units and the engineering workplace.

This course will end in July 2017.

Current units being studied for the Level 3 Qualification:

Units completed and currently working on:

  • Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering workplace.
  • Unit 2: Communication in Engineering
  • Unit 3: Engineering Project
  • Unit 4: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians
  • Unit 5: Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Unit 6: Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Unit 7: Business Operations in Engineering
  • Unit 8: Engineering Design
  • Unit 9: Commercial Aspects of Engineering Organisations
  • Unit 12: Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering
  • Unit 16: Technical Drawing
  • Unit 17: Computer Aided Drafting in Engineering
  • Unit 20: Engineering Primary Forming Processes
  • Unit 21: Engineering Secondary Forming Processes
  • Unit 31: Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Unit 34: Electronic Circuit Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 35: Logic Gates
  • Unit 28: Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians as additional / alternative module for those going to study Engineering at University

Year 12: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering - New Specification 2016

Throughout Year 12 and 13, students will be completing units of work towards their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. Students will be developing a number of engineering skills including electronic, technical and practical skills, through both internal and external assessment.

Year 1
Unit 1: Engineering Principles
Unit 4: Applied Commercial an Quality Principle in Engineering
Unit 19: Electronic Devices and Circuits
Unit 10: Computer Aided Design
Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing
Unit 22: Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture
Unit 41: Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes
Unit 39: Modern Manufacturing Systems
Year 2
Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
Unit 5: A Specialist Engineering Project
Unit 6: Microcontroller Systems for Engineers
Unit 7: Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
Unit 24: Maintenance of Mechanical Systems
Unit 27: Static Mechanical Principles in Practice
Unit 40: Computer Aided Manufacturing and Planning
Unit 43: Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining

Year 12/13: AQA AS/A2 Level Product Design

Throughout Year 1, students work on building a variety of knowledge and skills to work towards creating a final prototype and to undertake a final external examination.

Students complete two units in Year one, which equates to their AS qualification. The first being the practical unit, in which students have to create a portfolio of design ideas, extensive research and develop these into a final high quality prototype.

When given their design brief, students are given complete autonomy on what they wish to design and make to develop innovative and creative products, along with the manufacturing processes they wished to carry out. They were encouraged to used CAD and CAM facilities and to use all of the facilities we have here at NUAST in order to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and creativity to achieve their full potential.

Whilst completing their prototype, students have also been extensively taught the theory and application of processes, materials and components. This enabled students to integrate this knowledge with their decisions in the portfolio of evidence and also prepared them for their examination.

During their A2 Year, students undertake another two units of work, following the same pattern of study and examinations. However, their design and make skills are stretched and encouraged to ensure they achieve their full creative and innovative potential. They are also taught theory and application of design, rigorously and extensively for their final examination in the summer term of their final year at NUAST.

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Engineering News

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