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


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 Desk Tidy Project

Pupils will be making a desk tidy. During the “Desk Tidy Project” pupils will learn about:

Health and Safety in the workshop. 

Secondary research techniques, 2D and 3D technical drawing to communicate ideas.

Learn about Pine - Grain lines and weaknesses with timbers (Long grain/ short grain)

Man-made boards (MDF), environmental impact of wood-based materials and the pros and cons of using timbers or man-made boards.

Marking out and measuring techniques.

Cutting, shaping and smoothing timbers.

Pupils learn safe use of workshop machinery e.g. 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 PVA.


Year 8 Phone Holder Project


Pupils learn about:

Secondary research and consideration of existing products.

2D and 3D technical drawing to communicate ideas.

Use of prototyping to model and test ideas.

Students start to learn about different types of plastics, how they are made, used and possibly recycled and the environmental impact of this.

Pupils learn how to mark out on acrylic. They also learn how to cut, shape and smooth acrylic, including how to use polishing compound to smooth and polish.

Pupils learn safety in the workshop and how to use the following machines and products safely (pillar drill, hacksaw and junior hacksaw, hand files, wet and dry to smooth; hand held electric drills, different drill bits for different uses. Tensol 12 (solvent cement) to bond acrylic materials.


Year 9 CAD/ CAM Keyring Project

Pupils learn about:

Research techniques, consideration of existing products and product analysis.

Students also learn how to vectorize an image in 2D Design software and they produce an Oblique and Isometric sketch of the keyring products.

Students develop their knowledge of manufacturing methods (including mass production) and through two practical projects, test advantages and disadvantages of one-off production and batch production.

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.


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Useful Resources

 Curriculum Map KS4 Engineering Design.pdfDownload
 Engineering Briefing.pdfDownload
 Engineering Design Level 1~2 Award~Certificate.pdfDownload
 R105 OCR Engineering Design Exam Unit.pdfDownload
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