'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)




To create: 

In Engineering at St Edmunds,  our aim is that learners will develop their curiosity, inquisitiveness, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, so that they can progress successfully through the key stages, onto further and higher education and then into a successful Engineering career. Students will learn transferable skills that will equip them for their future, everyday lives. We have developed an Engineering curriculum which gives opportunities to all pupils to create a culture of high aspirations; raises standards of personal and academic achievement and allows all young lives to achieve success, regardless of their starting point. 



Clear lines of progression through key stage 3 ensures good progression. Our focus is Design, Make, Evaluate, and hands on Technical skills and knowledge which will lead them on to Keystage 4, where we offer a Level 1 /2 OCR Cambridge National qualification in Engineering Design


Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

Year 7: Desk Tidy Project
In the Year 7 project the students learn to: 
  • Research using Secondary source techniques.
  • Draw using 3rd Angle Orthographic Drawing techniques and  ‘Oblique’ sketching to communicate ideas. 
  •  Understand the properties of Pine - Grain lines and weaknesses with timbers (Long grain/ short grain) including the use of dowel joints and friction fits. 
  • Understand what are Man-made boards (MDF), environmental impact of wood-based materials and the pros and cons of using timbers or man-made boards. 
  • Skills:  Pupils make a Desk Tidy using the following skills:
  • Cutting, shaping and smoothing 
  • Students learn safe use of: Pillar drill, bandfacer, coping saw, Tenon saw, rasp files, hand files (cross filing), and glass paper to smooth; use hand held electric drills (using vice or sacrificial board) and Wood Glue.
Year 8: Wooden Vehicle Design
Year 8 pupils will be able to:
  • produce highly accurate measured 3D engineering drawings (e.g., isometric, and oblique drawings) with detailed rendering.  
  • annotated and labelled the engineering drawings, using the correct subject vocabulary and spellings.  
  • interpret the brief and the specifications to design and produce a final design proposal.  
  • judge their design proposal against the product specification (considering features, function, materials, aesthetics, ergonomics, health, and safety). 
  • use tools and processes to cut, shape and smooth materials with high precision and accuracy, independently.  
  • problem solve or anticipate problems before they occur.    
  • use accurate measurements to be able to make a working prototype model. 
  • Write an evaluation about the design and making process, making suggested improvements.  
  • Act on teachers’ feedback on how to improve the work as it progresses. 
‚ÄčYear 9: CAD/CAM and Technical Drawing
Year 9 pupils will be able to:
  • Produce accurately measured hand drawn and CAD produced 2D and 3D engineering drawings (e.g.,3rd angle orthographic, isometric, and oblique drawings) with detailed rendering where appropriate.  
  • Label and annotate, using the correct Engineering vocabulary and spellings. 
  • use CAD/CAM applications independently to produce and communicate design proposals. 
  • use preparation and assembly methods to build a product.  
  • problem solve or anticipate problems before they occur.   
  • Act on teachers’ feedback on how to improve the work as it progresses. 

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)


Course title:        Cambridge National Engineering Design J822 

Exam board:       OCR 

Available grades:              Level 1 and Level 2 

Content overview:           

OCR Cambridge National in Engineering Design will encourage students to: understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Engineering Design, including the design process, types of drawings, influences on design, and the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Develop learning and practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations. Encourage pupils to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. Helps develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the engineering design and development sector and more widely. Pupils learn to analyse problems in design terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, and modelling designs to meet a design brief. The course encourages pupils to understand the different stages of the iterative design process, recognising the cyclical nature of this approach. Pupils evaluate designs through product disassembly and the process of using product analysis. 


The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design consists of three mandatory units. 

R038: Principles of engineering design. OCR moderated 40% Written Exam 

R039: Communicating designs. Internally moderated 30% Coursework  

R040 Design evaluation and modelling. Internally moderated 30% Coursework 


Skills required to be successful:  

Being creative, imaginative, and seeing how problems can be solved.  Awareness of 3D concepts, being able to use workshop tools and machinery including the use of power tools.  This course also has the opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities. Being able to work independently, safely and meet target dates. Be willing and able to learn how to use 2D and 3D CAD software packages. 

Further Study Links

Cambridge National in Engineering Manufacture 

A level Design Technology 

T Levels Design Technology 

BTEC National in Engineering 

NVQ in Design and Technology 

Apprenticeship in Technology related areas 

Degree in Engineering

Masters in Engineering


Career Opportunities


Product Designer 

Computer Engineer 



Concept Designer 

Games Designer 

Electrical and Mechanical engineer Mechanic 

Textiles engineer 

Interior designer 

CAD Technician 

Useful Resources

 Engineering Curriculum Map Keystage 4.pdfDownload
 Engineering R038 Scheme of Work.pdfDownload
 Engineering RO39 Scheme of Work.pdfDownload
 Engineering RO40 Scheme of Work.pdfDownload
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