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Engineering (Applied) A Level at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

This qualification aims to provide a broad educational basis for further training, further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the engineering sector and will be delivered in a work-related context, to allow learners to develop an understanding of the engineering sector. You are advised to take A level mathematics and another science subject, preferably Physics alongside the Engineering course.

Course content

Topics covered during course: Year 1 AS Unit 1: Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques You will examine the properties of a range of common engineering materials and their suitability for various applications. Unit 2: The Role of the Engineer You will investigate the role of a professional engineer responsible for the design and/or manufacture of an engineered product or service you have decided to research. Unit 3: Principles of Design, Planning and Prototyping You will focus on the principles of engineering design, planning and prototyping. You will design and manufacture an engineered product. Year 2 A2 Unit 4: Applied Engineering Systems This unit is externally assessed and will be based on a practical activities brief set by Edexcel each year. Unit 5: The Engineering Environment You will investigate a different engineered product or service to the one studied in Unit 2 and you will extend your studies to learn how laws, regulations and codes of practice are used to ensure developments are safe. Unit 6: Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping You will design, develop and manufacture a solution to a client brief that will be given to you.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A*-C including English and Maths. GCSE Maths and GCSE Science (Core and Additional) both at grade B or above. Keen interest in Engineering


Year 1 AS Unit 1: External exam 1hr 30mins Unit 2: Internally assessed Unit 3: Internally assessed Year 2 A2 Unit 4: Controlled assessment 10 hours Unit 5: Internally assessed Unit 6: Internally assessed

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Future opportunities

The Edexcel A level in Engineering qualifies for UCAS points. It gives you a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. If you successfully complete the qualification, you will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher, National Diplomas or NVQs. There is a national shortage of graduate engineers and a high demand for design engineers and product designers in small to medium enterprises. Engineering graduates enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates and one of the best starting salaries in a variety of roles in engineering consultancies, manufacturing, aircraft design and manufacture, automotive and railway engineering, steel manufacturing, naval engineering, water companies and the power and nuclear fuels industries. Linked Careers: Employers outside engineering sectors also recognise the numerical ability skills and problem solving skills of Engineering students. There may be opportunities in sales, commissioning, finance, teaching and management as well as roles managing technology to support a range of organisations. Engineers are in demand across a range of sectors including teaching, research, software engineering and the financial sector

Further information

Part of the learning will be delivered at Liverpool John Moores University using their specialist facilities

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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