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Mr M Lonsdale (Head of Department)
Miss A Geldart
Mr P Hilditch
Mr G Slimings
  • Key Stage 4
  • Sixth Form

GCSE Engineering


Engineering is an increasingly innovative and exciting area to work in. It affects every aspect of modern life from skyscrapers to smart phones, cars to carrier bags. GCSE Engineering will introduce students to a host of new technologies, helping them to gain practical skills and understanding to inspire a lifelong interest in engineering. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy being creative, with an affinity for drawing, design, maths and problem-solving.


Students will develop Engineering skills and produce a range of manufacturing outcomes. They will gain an understanding of

  • Engineering and scientific principles
  • The role of designers and product developers in Engineering
  • Use of appropriate Maths and ICT (including CAD/CAM)

They will learn how to select and use appropriate Engineering hand tools, machines e.g. Engineers Centre Lathe and Milling Machines as well as consider solutions to technical problems.

Course structure

During Year 10, students will develop their design skills through a series of focused practical tasks, gaining knowledge and understanding in Engineering, drawing skills and ICT. The tasks set are progressive and will allow all students to demonstrate their skills.  The skills, knowledge and understanding acquired will be applied through their controlled assessment coursework completed in Year 11. In year 11 students will apply their skills to design and make an Engineered product. (Set by AQA Exam board) Students will be encouraged to design and make an Engineered product which is creative and original, demonstrating a range of techniques.  Students will be challenged by this task.  A good working knowledge of metals, plastics and composite materials will be required. Students will develop ICT skills especially the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.


Section A: Theory: Testing of Knowledge & Understanding
Written exam relating to practical contexts. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding within these contexts.

How it is assessed

Written exam 2 hours

120 marks

60% of GCSE

Section B: Practical Engineering: (Controlled Assessment)
What’s assessed: Application of skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context.

How it is assessed

A brief set by AQA released on 1 June in the first year of study

30-35 hours

80 marks

40% of GCSE

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering Subject Leader: Mr Slimings Exam Board: Edexcel

What is Engineering?

Engineering is the practical application of science and maths to solve problems, and it is everywhere in the world around you. From the start to the end of each day, engineering technologies improve the ways that we communicate, work, travel, stay healthy, and entertain ourselves. Engineers are problem-solvers who want to make things work more efficiently and quickly and less expensively. From computer chips and satellites to medical devices and renewable energy technologies, engineering makes our modern life possible. Engineers have a wide range of study options and career paths that let them design, build, and manage ideas into reality.

Why choose a BTEC in Engineering?

BTEC (Business & Technical Education Council) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering is equivalent to 3 A Levels. 3 Distinction* grades = 168 UCAS points (which is the equivalent to 3 A* grades at A level). BTECs are a highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners. As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university. BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. Conyers Sixth Form College are working in partnership with NETA (North East Training Association) in the delivery of BTEC Engineering. Conyers have developed an outstanding and very successful partnership with NETA. It is expected that students will attend NETA (Stockton) one day a week.

Course & Module Description

The BTEC Engineering course will be delivered both at Conyers and NETA (one day per week). To successfully complete the Level 3 Extended Diploma course all learners must complete seven mandatory units and eight optional units. The optional units have been chosen to give a broad engineering experience. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction to achieve a learner must have satisfied all the necessary assessment criteria. Example course structure is shown below.

Year 1: Term 1 Year 1: Term 2 Year 1: Term 3
Unit 1: Engineering Principles


Unit 7: Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems


Unit 42: Manufacturing Primary Forming Processes


Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team


Unit 10: Computer Aided Design in Engineering


Unit 19: Electronic Devices & Circuits


Unit 3: Engineering Product Design & Manufacture


Unit 22: Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design & Manufacrure


Unit 24: Maintenance of Mechanical Systems (optional)

Year 2: Term 1 Year 2: Term 2 Year 2: Term 3
Unit 4: Applied Commercial & Quality Principles in Engineering


Unit 9: Work Experience in the Engineering Sector


Unit 5: A Specialist Engineering Project


Unit 44: Fabrication Manufacturing Processes


Unit 6: Microcontroller Systems for Engineers


Unit 27: Static Mechanical Principles in Practice


What next?

Engineering is incredibly rewarding career, giving you the chance to work with like-minded individuals to solve real problems for society. Students with a level 3 extended diploma in Engineering are well placed to progress onto:

  • A university degree course in an appropriate Engineering discipline
  • A HNC or HND in Engineering
  • Employment with training through an apprenticeship

The Conyers/NETA partnership means that students will have excellent access to both HE institutions and employers. If you have any further questions regarding Business, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.