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Engineering Advanced Diploma at Newstead Wood School

Course description

Why the Diploma?

The Engineering Diploma provides young people with an opportunity to explore engineering without committing to a specific discipline. Engineering offers a wide selection of career options many of which play an important social role, give opportunities both to experience and contribute towards the development of the latest technology. It gives good financial rewards and the recognition of professional status.

The vast array of activities which engage engineers include

  • developing medical solutions;
  • designing, building and maintaining transport;
  • ensuring our leisure, living and working environments benefit from safe and efficient heating, air conditioning, electricity and water supply
  • developing the latest gadgets for communication, entertainment and making our lives easier.

This new qualification is designed for sixth form students who would like an industry-related alternative to A levels which can help them secure a university place or employment. The diploma is an academic and applied composite qualification which includes academic study, an extended project, 10 days of relevant work experience, additional specialist learning and a chance to develop personal learning and thinking skills.



Course content

1. Principal Learning is the specialist Engineering focussed learning and consists of nine units: 


1. Engineering business and the environment 

2. Applications of Computer Aided Design 

3. Selection and application of engineering materials 

4. Instrumentation and control Engineering 

5. Maintaining engineering systems and products 

6. Production and manufacturing 

7. Innovation, design and enterprise 

8. Mathematical techniques and applications for engineers 

9. Scientific principles and applications for engineers 


2. The Extended Project: chosen by the student, this will complement or extend the principal learning component. 

3. Additional Specialist Learning: this can take the form of one A Level (or 2 AS Levels) in any subject. Mathematics is strongly recommended. 

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course, students need at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics and a grade A in GCSE Physics. This course is equivalent to two A Level options, which cover the principal learning and extended project.


A further A Level should be taken to make up the additional specialist learning.



Unit 1 6% Assignment

Unit 2 6% Assignment

Unit 3 6% Assignment

Unit 4 6% Assignment

Unit 5 3% Assignment


Unit 6 6% Assignment 

Unit 7 6% Assignment 

Unit 8 6% Examination 

Extended Project 12% Coursework

Additional Specialist Learning 34% See chosen A Level

Future opportunities

The course will provide excellent grounding for any Engineering degree. Students’ knowledge of a range of engineering sectors should prove an advantage when applying for either a university place or employment.

Further information


  • The ability to collect information using a wide range of techniques.
  • The ability to analyse information and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • The ability to work as a member and leader of a team.
  • The ability to organise resources (materials, equipment, workforce and time).
  • The ability to use ICT as a design, analysis, modelling, simulation and manufacturing tool.
  • The ability to experiment and innovate, and explore possiblities when designing.
  • The ability to communicate using a wide range of techniques including reports, design folios and oral presentations.
  • The ability to use a wide range of tools, equipment, engineering materials and components.
  • The ability to objectively evaluate existing engineering solutions as well as your own designs.
  • The ability to apply a wide range of specialist knowledge, including mathematics and science to the solution of engineering problems


The diploma encourages a wide range of teaching and learning methods including group investigation, peer teaching, peer review and feedback, simulation, project-based learning, demonstration, vocational contextualising, work-related learning, the use of multimedia resources and technological tools in practical applications. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newstead Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2016
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