ENGINEERING A LEVEL at Queensmead School
Students complete six units over the two years. These units give students a broad understanding of the work of an engineer and offer a mix of theory, hands on practical, design and computer work.
Unit 1 - Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques (90 minute exam) Students become familiar with a range of engineering materials and processes, and how these can be used to manufacture high quality finished products.
Unit 2 - The Role of the Engineer (coursework) Students produce an A4 portfolio evidencing their investigation into the role of a professional engineer responsible for the design or manufacture of a product or service. This will involve establishing a contact with a working professional.
Unit 3 - Principles of Design, Planning and Prototyping (coursework) Students will produce engineering drawings of a design solution to a specific brief issued by the teacher.
The units studied in Year 13 follow a similar structure and are assessed in the same way but students are expected to demonstrate a more advanced understanding of the principles of engineering.
It is recommend that candidates should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Design and Technology course or equivalent. Grade B is a minimum in a DT related subject and grade C at Maths is also a requirement.
Possible careers in the future: A Level can be the foundation for studying a Degree, Higher National Diploma and can lead to student’s employment in:
Automotive, defence, aviation, manufacturing, nuclear and renewable energy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensmead School directly.