Approach to Teaching
Engineering design involves developing and enhancing new products in response to market opportunities. As such, students have the opportunity to research, design, develop, test, make and evaluate their ideas.
They will expand upon technical skills which will enable them to produce high quality prototypes using a number of processes and materials. The projects include practical skills, as well as Computer Aided Designing and Manufacturing skills (CAD/CAM), and a variety of machinery, tools and equipment to ensure a breadth of knowledge and understanding.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)
Year 7 ‘Flower’ Project
Pupils learn about the properties of Timbers and Man-made boards and how to safely cut, shape and smooth them in a workshop environment. They research, develop and design a decorative wooden Flower and use workshop tools and machinery to manufacture the piece.
Year 8 Helping hand Project
Since Year 8 students worked with Acrylic and CAD/ CAM in Year 7, for this current year, students will be developing their practical skills through the ‘helping hand’ project. Students will be enhancing their knowledge of the workshop but also their technical drawing skills and understanding of pivots, forces and motions.
Year 9 Puzzle project
Whilst connecting practical and technical skills students to create a puzzle for a specific user group. They use primary and secondary research to develop their ideas and use these to create an original idea and a fully functional prototype.
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)
Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design – J841
The Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design is equivalent to GCSE and is recognised by all 16-19 college providers as progression to A level, further Education, apprenticeships or work. The qualification is designed to allow students the freedom to develop products in their own way using a wide range of drawing and production skills available to them.
The emphasis is on the researching, designing, development and planning stages of the design process and the manufacturing element is only a part of that process.
Study will focus on the following areas
l Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements
l Product Analysis and research
l Developing and presenting Engineering designs
l 3D Realisation
Exam and Assessment Information
1 Hour Written Examination 25%
3 x Centre assessed and externally moderated tasks 75%
There are seven grades to achieve: Pass, Merit and Distinction at Level 1 and Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* at level 2.