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Design: Engineering A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Engineers belong to the greatest profession in the world, responsible for almost everything that makes life worth living – from leisure activities to medical treatment, mobile communications to modern transport systems.

Within the wide boundaries of the engineering profession, there are thousands of challenging activities in such areas as research, development, design, manufacture and operation of products and services. Activities which provide stimulating, intellectual challenges with diverse and varied tasks, inevitably involving deadlines, and all added to the satisfaction of real output or delivery.

Course content

AS Units

Unit One: Advanced Innovation Challenge (40% of AS mark) This module assesses a candidate’s ability to design and model an Engineering product and then reflect on their design concept. Candidates take part in a timed design challenge, based on a pre-released theme, under exam conditions.

Unit Two: The Product Study (60% of AS mark) Candidates carry out an in-depth Engineering product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. They will produce an A3 portfolio of 15-20 sheets. This coursework is marked in school and externally moderated by OCR.

A2 level (a further two Units)

In unit Three, ‘Design, Make and Evaluate’ (60% of the A2 mark) candidates produce a coursework portfolio and product that demonstrates their Engineering designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. Their work will also include a marketing presentation, a review and reflection.

Unit Four is an examination.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* -C or equivalent (including Design and Technology C or above or BTEC Engineering Certificate level 2 Pass or above) and Maths GCSE Grade C or above.

Assessment

Exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

Demand for good engineers is high in practically every country in the world. In the IT and electronics sectors in particular, there are world shortages of Chartered and Incorporated Engineers and unemployment amongst professional engineers is lower than for almost any other profession.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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