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Engineering sits well alongside Physics, Mathematics, Computing, IT. It provides students with opportunities to develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills. This is useful in the world of work, apprenticeships, or in a degree.   It is a subject that requires good mathematical skills as well as the ability to analyse observations and convey ideas clearly and concisely, as well as good organization and time management skills.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers.
  • The opportunity to go on trips.
  • Excellent individual support, outside class times and comprehensive on-line support.
  • Excellent facilities and equipment.

In the first year you will study:

  • Mathematics for engineering – Assessment type  Exam
  • Science for engineering – Assessment type  Exam
  • Electrical and electronic design – Assessment Type  Coursework

In the second year you will study:

  • Principles of mechanical engineering – Assessment type  Exam
  • Principals of electrical and electronic engineering – Assessment type  Exam
  • Computer aided design – Assessment type  Coursework


What will i be taught?

All Engineering lessons take place in a dedicated and well-resourced laboratory.  Teachers use a variety of approaches in the delivery of the subject, including class discussions and questioning, paired activities, computer simulations and a large amount of individual practical work.
Students are expected to spend at least as much time on their work outside the classroom as inside. There are regular assignments to be working on, students are expected to work in their own time to complete these assignments by the set deadlines. Students are able to enter the laboratory at almost any time of the day, to continue their work in their own time.

Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Many former Engineering and Electronics students of this college have gone on to study a wide range of Engineering disciplines, including electronic and mechanical, but many students have also gone on to apprenticeships including JLR, and BAE Systems.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in Maths
5 in Science

Not essential but it will help your success…

An interest in engineering and design. Commitment to working in an organised way, using maths to solve problems and working independently.

Pairs well with, Electronics, Physics, Maths,  Computer Science and Computing. Students need to be good at timekeeping and coursework. You prefer to do a course that is a mix of exams and coursework.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete at least 4 hours and 20 minutes of independent study to complete homework, review topics and independent research.


There are three exams at the end of the first year, which could form a stand-alone qualification. There is a further exam in the second year, and two coursework units.

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