Courses / Engineering
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
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.
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)
4 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.