This is a two year course and is the equivalent of one A Level.
This advanced (Level 3) technical qualification is built in collaboration with employers and professional bodies for learners who wish to progress into a specific sector through apprenticeships, further study or employment. Within the course it is possible to specialise in either Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering.
Unit 1 - Materials Technology and Science: develops an understanding of the materials used in engineering products and the scientific principles engineers use to identify which materials are most suitable in a engineering context. You will focus on metals, plastics, elastomers, ceramics and composites.
Unit 2 – Mechanical Systems: develops a practical understanding of mechanical systems, their applications, how they are designed and the function of each part. You will design and construct a model of your solution to an engineering problem set by AQA.
Unit 3 – Engineering Design: develops an understanding of the engineering process using problem-solving skills, manual drawing skills and 2D and 3D CAD software. You will produce a design solution to a real engineering problem from an industrial company using research, sketching and CAD modelling.
Unit 4 – Production and Manufacturing: develops understanding of the range of manufacturing processes and systems relevant to the production of multiple components and circuits. You will develop production plans, work as a member of a team and manufacture a batch of products. You will be given drawings of an engineered product which will be manufactured by you and others in your team.
Practical sessions; theory; work experience; student presentations; industrial visits.
What could you be?
Mechanical Engineer; Electronics Engineer; Systems Engineer; Civil Engineer; High Level Apprentice.
Recent student destinations:
Loughborough University; Bournemouth University; Southampton University; Bristol University; Local Electronics Companies (Ultra Electronics / ASM).
5 9-4 grades at GCSE, one of which must be in a D&T subject.
Grade 4 or above in Maths and a 4 in Science.
1 Written Exam.
1 Externally Assessed
2 Internally Assessed