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Engineering

Students are able to take engineering as a subject for their options for KS4. In KS5 they can either choose engineering as a full time Level 3 course which is very technical or they can choose to take a Level 2 course that is very practical. Both courses will equip our students with the skills needed in the engineering industry.

We have five engineering workshops and an electronic laboratory that are fully equipped with the machinery and resources needed to learn a wide range of engineering skills. We also have three IT suites and we use the same programs that are used in industry, such as AutoCAD Inventor.

The staff in the engineering department are subject specialists having all worked in industry before making a career change and joining the teaching profession. They are enthusiastic about teaching young people the vital skills for engineering and helping their students secure employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

For the past three years we have run an afterschool club where students get to build a Caterham 7 kit car. There are also opportunities for an extended day, where students are able to continue to develop their engineering skills in a range of disciplines.

The Swale Skills Centre has its own website here.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: BTEC

Qualification: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering

Examination Board: Pearson

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

The aims of this course are to introduce KS4 students to the exciting and fast changing world of engineering. The course is designed to show students the many different areas in engineering and how they are used in the modern world. The students will how to design, build and test electronic circuits and also learn how to investigate engineered products and describe them in detail and explain why they are made that way and why the materials were chosen. The students will finish the course having learnt about a wide variety of exciting new developments in engineering and how they are used in the real word.

Entry Requirements: None

Course Structure:

The course is split into three modules. Unit 1 the engineered world, unit 2 investigating an engineered product and unit 8 electronic circuit design, manufacture and testing. The students will take each unit in turn and work towards achieving the highest possible grades in each unit. The units will last for five to six terms each.

Assessment & Examinations:

Unit 1 is assessed by an end of course online examination set by the awarding body Pearsion. Unit 2 and unit 8 are both assessed through four assignments each. These assignments are completed after each learning aim is delivered. The assessments are done in a controlled environment similar to that in an examination.

Term by term content:

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Engineering sectors, products and processes

Engineering materials

Term 3

Term 4

Engineering of the future

The life cycle analysis

Term 5

Term 6

Renewable technologies

Continuous improvement in engineering

Year 10

Term 1

Term 2

Product designs U2 Assignment 1

Materials science. U2 Assignment 2

Term 3

Term 4

Manufacturing techniques. U2 Assignment 3

Quality control and quality assurance. U2 Assignment 4

Term 5

Term 6

Electronic circuit manufacture

Electronic circuit design. U8 Assignment 1

Year 11

Term 1

Term 2

Electronic circuit testing. U8 Assignment 2

Electronic science

Term 3

Term 4

Electronic circuit design, manufacture and testing. U8 Assignment 3

Electronic circuit design, manufacture and testing. U8 Assignment 4

Term 5

Term 6

Focused revision and examinations for Unit 1.

 

Opportunities for further study:

There will be opportunities for further study in engineering by enrolling in the sixth form Students have completed their KS4 studies. This course will be a level 3 BTEC in engineering and can lead onto apprenticeships or university.

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