Title of qualification achieved at the end of the course

Engineering, Vocational Level 2 (WJEC)                 

What will you learn/How will you be taught?

Unit 1: Manufacturing engineering products

Have the opportunity to interpret different types of engineering information in order to plan how to manufacture engineering products. Develop knowledge, understanding and skills in using a range of engineering tools and equipment in order to manufacture and test a final product. You will be assessed through a mixture of exams and project work. Unit 1 will involve producing a manufacturing product, which will be worth 40% of the qualification. This can range from a basic hand tool to complex machinery. The product will need to be developed over 20 hours.
Unit 2: Designing engineering products

Explore how an engineered product is adapted and improved over time. It offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding to adapt an existing component, element or part of the product that you will have manufactured for Unit 1. Unit 2 will also be assessed through project work and will be worth 20% of the qualification. Here you will apply your problem-solving skills to
answer a brief and produce a solution. You will produce your solution over 10 hours.

Unit 3: Solving engineering problems

Introduced to a range of considerations that impact on engineering design and how modern engineering has had an impact on modern day life at home, work and in society in general. Unit 3 will involve a single exam, which is worth 40% of your qualification. The exam will last 1 hour
and 30 minutes. The exam will be made up of multiple-choice questions, and short and extended answers.

The lessons are structured as follows (per fortnight):

In Year 10 September to June - 

2 lessons (one per week) of theory (homework will be set in these lessons);

1 to 2 double lessons of focussed practical work – developing your making skills;

2 to 4 lessons on extended projects – these lessons will develop your investigative, design and problem-solving skills, machinery knowledge and analytical skills.

In June in Year 10 to the end of the course –

3 lessons of theory;

4 lessons focussed on completing your coursework to the best of your ability.

During the course you will gain knowledge and experience in a wide range of Engineering communication, both traditional and computer based (using 2D Design and SolidWorks). This course is an academic course with a large amount of focussed academic areas including applied subject knowledge in Science, Technology and Maths. The course gives a broad base of knowledge of the Engineering world.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to investigate, a range of manufacturing techniques, using manual and computer operated machinery to make engineering products to a high quality and tolerance. This will be assessed with a practical-focus task with writing documentation alongside.

You will develop CAD skills using industry standard software and have the opportunities to design products using an Engineering context. This is the second piece of analytical coursework.

This course will help to develop your problem-solving ability and analytical skills and is ideal for the creative and enquiring mind.

Why study this subject?

Do you ever look around your home and think of handy products that could improve people’s lives or get inspired by the amazing feats of engineering all around you? Are you creative, and want to start building the skills you need for a successful career in the industry?

Engineering opens the doors to so many careers and opportunities at university degree level and for Level 3/4 apprenticeships. Potential careers that are supported by studying Engineering: Mechanical, Marine, Electrical, Computing, Structural, Civil Engineering, Bio-Mechanical, Plumbing, Architecture, Design, Automotive, Rail, Road, Chemical Engineering, and Nano Technology, to name just a few.

Have you ever wondered how the world and advances in technology and the human race have developed and been realised? Engineering is the answer. Anything and almost everything had to be engineered in one way or another from the trainers that you wear to the planes you fly in and the medicines that keep us alive.

Engineering is for people who want to know how things work, how they can be changed for the better and how to solve the problems we face today and in the future – and never stop questioning and challenging their ideas. This is the beginning of an interest, career and future to be proud of! Always advancing, adapting, and changing the world to be a better place. If you want to be challenged academically and practically and have a peek into the amazing Engineering world then this course is for you.