Engineering - Year 10 and 11
GCSE Engineering Studies - AQA - specifiation code 8852
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This specification sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills required to design and manufacture an engineered product. Students develop a variety of practical skills through mini projects to prepare them for their final product in Year 11. Throughout Year 10, students will acquire knowledge and practise the practical skills required for their coursework; they will learn how to research, design and make a variety of mini projects that will help enhance their work in Year 11. The theory material delivered covers the requirements of the specification but also prepares the students for further study after GCSE.
Practical lessons: The students will develop a range of practical skills alongside some core Computer Aided Design (CAD). Projects will include making a G-cramp, electronic light box, and Fusion 360 work. Students will also have the opportunity and be encouraged to use the school's laser cutters and 3D printers.
Theory lessons: Using ICT, students will acquire knowledge on engineering topics in order to apply this in the practical classroom. This is to equip students with the knowledge they need for their written examination. Theory topics are focused around materials, processes and manufacturing.
Homework is set on a regular basis and will be used to support theory lessons.
The focus of Year 11 is to complete a written design portfolio (Non-Examined Assessment or NEA).
Students follow the design process to research, design, manufacture and evaluate a product to a brief of their choice.
The design portfolio is worth 50 per cent of a student's final grade and encourages creativity and high level manufacturing using at least two different materials and manufacturing techniques.
After school clubs
Engineering after school sessions are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday every week from 3.15pm - 4.15pm in room C18/C19. These sessions can be used by students to catch up with coursework or to create their own projects.