Engineering - Year 12 and 13
Level 3 Foundation Technical Level Engineering - AQA
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The course aims to provide students with the essential skills, knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to help them to make an informed choice of career in the engineering sector.
In Year 12, students will look at engineering materials, processes and techniques; Mechanical Systems; Engineering Design and Design Manufacture. They will focus on Materials theory and principles of Design planning and prototyping while developing strong practical skills and creative flair along with an appreciation of modern technologies and their application.
This qualification contains externally examined and internally assessed units. Internally assessed units are externally quality assured by AQA.
What does this qualification cover?
Learners will complete four units and all of the units in this qualification are mandatory.
One of the units is examined and one is an externally marked practical assignment. The other two units
are internally set and marked by the tutor. The industrial focus for the learning (and assessment of the internally assessed units) can be contextualised around any engineering sector or employer to suit the needs of the learners.
AQA has worked with employers and professional bodies in the design and content of this qualification to ensure that it covers all the knowledge and skills that are appropriate for a learner to gain the core underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed for progression into employment or further study.
The learner will cover topics such as:
•• the scientific principles used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
•• mechanical engineering systems and components
•• the process of engineering design
•• the relevance and role that manufacturing processes and systems have in the production of multiple components.
Transferable skills are those generic ‘soft skills’ that are valued by employers and higher education alike. The following transferable skills have been contextualised into the content of the qualification:
•• communication (oral and written)