Engineering Curriculum

Engineering runs for Years 10 - 13. Please see Design and Technology for details of the course taught at Year 9.

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Year 10

Brief Summary of the course:

In Year 10 students undertake a series of projects to develop practical and design skills for Engineering. They learn to use engineering tools and equipment and they learn drawing and CAD skills appropriate to the Engineering industry.

Half Term 1 (June - July)

Introduction to the course

Aluminium ID tag project
The students are taught about a range of appropriate tools and equipment that are used to mark out and shape metals and plastics.

Introduction to the design process
Students design and make a promotional drill gauge for a DIY magazine. This takes into account the client’s needs, writing a design specification and producing a range of different design ideas using isometric sketching. The students then develop their ideas in to a final Computer Aided Design that is then manufactured using a CNC laser cutter.
Various engineering sector drawings are explored including orthographic and exploded parts assembly drawings.
The different categories of metals and plastics are explained. The properties and characteristics of specific metals and plastics are investigated through practical activities.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)

Marking gauge project
The students continue to learn about range of appropriate tools, equipment and engineering processes by carrying out the manufacture of a Mild Steel marking gauge. Processes include shaping of materials, tapping and threading, heat treatment and injection moulding. The students will be taught how to read and interpret engineering drawings in the workshop.

Further study of engineering materials and their properties.

Sand casting investigation
Reforming processes are investigated including the various types of casting.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)

Trip alarm project
The students are introduced to principles and processes used in the production of electronic products. They will learn about the different components used in electronics and understand their use and function. The students will be shown the methods of producing a printed circuit board, soldering component’s in place and produce a vacuum formed casing for the circuit.

Students learn about the concept of risk assessments and will carry out their own risk assessments for the various practical tasks performed.

Sheet metal T-light holder
Students produce a T- light holder using a range of sheet metal working processes

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)

Product analysis project
Students investigate principles of engineering by conducting an analysis of engineered product. Covered in this unit include

  • Workings of the electric motor
  • New technologies used in engineering
  • Engineering manufacturing processes
  • Gear systems, belts and pulleys

Focused practical tasks
Students will follow an engineering drawing to manufacture a steel light-pull using the centre lathe. Concepts of quality control are covered.

Fabrication processes covered include different types and methods of riveting, MIG welding, mechanical fastenings and fixings.

External Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)

CAD designs module
This term students are taken through an extensive step by step guide to Autodesk Inventor CAD software. The students learn a range of skills from drawing very basic 3D rendered shapes to more complex dimensioned parts that are assembled to make engineered products.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (April - May)

Engineering drawing tasks
Students learn how to produce different types of engineering drawing in preparation for the controlled assessment tasks. Drawing methods covered include isometric parts assembly drawings, perspective drawing (one and two-point perspective) and orthographic drawings (1st and 3rd angle).

External Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 11

Half Term 1 (June - July)

Introduction to controlled assessment tasks
The majority of year 11 is spent undertaking 2 controlled assessment tasks.

Controlled assessment task part A
Unit 2 Part A. Designing
Tasks are set by the exam board. Students will design a device that will be used by an elderly person who finds it difficult to bend and has weakness in one hand.
The students are given a design problem and design brief that is analysed and researched.

Tasks this term include design brief analysis, existing product research, materials research, user group research and writing a design specification.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: Design brief analysis, existing product research, materials research, user group research and writing a design specification.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)
Developing and modelling the design
Students use their design specification to produce a range of different design ideas to solve the design brief.
Design ideas are reviewed and evaluated.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)
Producing the final design proposal
A selected design idea is modelling in the workshop using a range of materials and processes. The design is refined, tested and developed into a final design proposal.
The final design proposal is represented as set of design drawings including an exploded isometric parts drawing, 3rd angle orthographic scaled drawing (using CAD) and an isometric overview.
The final design is reviewed and evaluated.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: Yes - Part A final deadline
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)

Introduction to controlled assessment task part B.

Unit 2 Part B. Manufacturing
Each student must plan, prepare and manufacture a given engineered product in the school workshop.
The students will receive a set of engineering drawings and the required materials. Demonstration of the required processes and techniques are delivered.
The students produce a set of manufacturing plans to follow in the workshop and manufacture a mini-vice.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)
Finishing the manufacture of the mini-vice.

Exam preparation
The final exam for this course contains a study of a pre-released engineered product. The pre-release exam material is covered in depth and a set of notes is prepared to take into the final exam.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (April - May)

  • Continued exam preparation
  • Exam technique and keyword preparation
  • Past paper practice
  • Revision sessions

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes - Final exam takes place
Internal Common Assessment: No
Controlled Assessment Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 12

Unit 1, Engineering Materials, processes and Techniques, Students are taught about a range of materials and processes and how these can be used to manufacture high quality products (externally assessed)
Unit 2, The role of the engineer. Students investigate the role of the professional engineer responsible fro the design or manufacture of an engineered product or service (internally assessed)
Unit 3, Students will produce a design solution to a clients brief and demonstrate its effectiveness through developing a prototype.

Half Term 1 (September - October)

Unit 1

  • Introduction to the course

Unit 2

  • Introduction to activities undertaken by design and /or manufacturing engineers.
  • Current available technologies used by engineers
  • Legislation and standards influencing design and /or manufacturing engineers.
  • Health and safety standards influencing design and /or manufacturing engineers.
  • Evaluation of the performance of the engineered product or service.
  • Possible modifications.
  • Industrial Visit : Agree an engineering company to visit and arrange the date of the visit

Unit 3

  • Analysis of design brief. Identifying research and design needs
  • Research and analysis
  • Writing a design specification

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Unit 2 Engineer visit to be arranged, engineer questionnaire submitted. Unit 3 Analysis of design brief. Identifying research and design needs, research and analysis and the design specification is to be completed.
Field Trips/Visits: Students will need to make contact with an Engineer within an engineering company, for Role of the Engineer

Half Term 2 (November - December)

Unit 1

  • Materials and groupings.(Metals, Alloys, Polymers and Elastomers)

Unit 2

  • Industrial Visit 
  • Lessons on report writing and assessment for each of the unit sections.

Unit 3

  • Generation of design ideas
  • Engineering drawings (both CAD and hand drawn)

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Unit 2 Complete report to be submitted on return from holiday. Unit 3 Generation of design ideas, Engineering drawings, Plan of manufacture. Final deadline for the role of the engineer.
Field Trips/Visits: Students may need to re-visit there engineers for the role of the engineer.

Half Term 3 (January - February)

Unit 1

  • Introduction
  • Ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and alloys
  • Material Properties. Mechanical, Physical, Thermal, Electrical, Magnetic
  • Modification of properties
  • Deterioration of materials

Unit 2

  • Final submission of report

Unit 3

  • Plan of Manufacture
  • Prototype Manufacture

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Unit 2 Final submission of report 4th Jan. Unit 3 Produce the production plan for the final design.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (March - April)

Unit 1

  • Thermoplastic polymers
  • Thermosetting polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Adhesives
  • Composites
  • Ceramics and glass
  • New materials

Unit 3

  • Manufacture of prototype
  • Testing and evaluation

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: All manufacture must be finished.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (April - May)

Unit 1

  • Material joining methods
  • Materials processes
  • Forming
  • Casting and moulding techniques
  • Material removal
  • Surface treatment and finishing

Unit 3

  • Oral presentation

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for unit 3
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (June - July)

Unit 1

  • Revision techniques and past papers
  • Exam keyword technique.

Start of Year 13 course.

External Assessment: Unit 2 exam (1½ hours) usually in late May or early June.
Internal Common Assessment: No
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 13

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems. Students will look at ways in which engineering techniques and principles are applied in some important systems and how a systems approach can be used to solve engineering problems. This unit is externally assessed and will be based on a practical activities brief set by Edexcel. This brief will be available in September. Working under examination conditions, students will work independently to complete three practical activities.
Unit 5: The Engineering Environment. Students will visit an engineering company and investigate how laws, regulations are used to ensure developments are safe. They will look at procedures, paperwork systems and different ways in which the environment is protected. They will also look at how specialised technology is applied to improve the way products work.
Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping. Students will produce a design solution to a client’s brief and demonstrate its effectiveness through developing a prototype

Half Term 1 (June - July)

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

  • Introduction to Stress and Strain, Hookes Law, and Youngs Modulus

Unit 5: The Engineering Environment

  • Introduction
  • Industrial Visit Preparation
  • Section A – Standards and Regulations
  • Section B - Documentation
  • Section C – Energy Efficiency

Unit 6 - Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Section A: Problem identification, Introduction to Client, Brief, Identification of Research.
  • Complete research

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Research to be completed over the summer break. Questions submitted for industrial visit, unit 5 Sections A,B,C
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September - October)

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

  • Introduction to the Candidate Brief
  • More Stress/ Strain calculations & Analysis of beam structures

Unit 5: The Engineering Environment

  • Industrial Visit Preparation
  • Section D - Environmental impact
  • Section E - Technology
  • Section F - Evaluation & Modification

Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Develop a Product Specification based on findings from research.
  • Generation a rang of design ideas all significantly different, with detailed annotation based on materials selection, manufacturing processes, links back to specification and testing against specification,
  • Engineering drawings (both CAD and hand drawn)

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: All questions submitted for industrial visit Unit 5. Unit 6 Product specification and generation of ideas must be completed.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November - December)

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

  • The Candidate Brief - Preparation for the beam problem

Unit 5: The Engineering Environment

  • Report writing skills
  • Report writing

Unit 6 - Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Development of final design ideas,
  • Developments must be linked of feedback from client.
  • Final design must be presented using a range of Engineering drawings ( both CAD and manual) .
  • Plan of Manufacture

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Unit 5 Complete report to be submitted on return from holiday. Unit 6 Design development and final design to be completed.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January - February)

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

  • The Candidate Brief – Research into relevant systems

Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Prototype Manufacture

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Unit 5 Final submission of report 1st week of term. Unit 6 Fabrication of product should be finished.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (March - April)

Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems

  • Exam preparation & practice

Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Manufacture of prototype
  • Testing and evaluation

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: All manufacture must be finished.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (May - June)

Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping

  • Further developments based on the evaluation.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes - Unit 4, 10 hour exam – Internally assessed
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for unit 6
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

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