What will be studied?
In this course, students will learn about a range of engineering materials, manufacturing processes, electrical and electronic systems. There is also a substantial mathematical content.
GCSE Engineering enables students to develop skills and understanding which are readily transferable or can be used as part of a progressive career path.
Who will this course suit?
Students will need to demonstrate the following skills: Problem solving, group work, enjoy practical work in a workshop, be confident with researching, using computer programmes and have a sound understanding of mathematics.
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How is the course assessed?
Assessment for this course is comprised of two elements.
Unit 1: This externally marked, written exam lasts for two hours and is worth 120 marks. It is worth 60% of the GCSE and consists of a range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response.
Unit 2: This is a practically based unit where knowledge of the Unit 1 subject content is applied to the design and making of a project. A brief is set by AQA to which students produce engineering drawings or schematics as well as a final engineering product. It is worth 40%.
What will this qualification lead to?
In Devon there are several opportunities for students who study GCSE Engineering to progress onto an apprenticeship or further education courses. Engineering is an increasingly innovative and exciting area to work in. It affects every aspect of modern life – from skyscrapers to smart phones, cars to carrier bags.