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Engineering

Engineering is important at Bedlington Academy as many of the careers in our local community are linked to the engineering sector.

The Engineering curriculum requires students to develop subject knowledge, skills and understanding that allow them to solve engineering problems in an informed way. Students access new technologies, materials and processes in addition to established engineering practices. The curriculum enables students to put theory into practice, solving engineering problems through the application of mathematical principles and computer modelling/simulation to produce carefully considered manufactured outcomes which showcase essential practical skills.  

Students apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts, developing systems that contribute to effective functional products that they build and test. Students understand the contribution that engineering makes to society and the economy and have the opportunity to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.  

The Engineering curriculum ensures that all students: 

 • engage in a range of intellectual and practical processes in order to solve problems through the production of engineered outcomes 

 • develop knowledge and understanding of materials, components and resources relating to engineering  

• develop knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and be able to apply these where appropriate in order to produce a manufactured outcome  

• draw on knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and techniques in order to engineer products which provide a functioning solution in response to a given brief  

• develop an understanding of how emerging technologies (in areas such as materials science, information technology (IT) and communications, energy, medicine and robotics) have changed and will continue to change the way in which engineered products are made and used 

 • develop an understanding of health and safety procedures and be able to carry out practical activities in a safe way  

• develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of engineering on the environment and sustainable development  

• develop skills, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for future learning and progression, in relation to engineering and other related disciplines  

• apply their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts in an engineering related context 

ENGINEERING CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 9-11 

Year 

Term 

Units of Work 

Assessments 

Autumn 

Skills Development; 

Note taking, research, designing instructions, responding to brief. 

Practice Pass, Merit, Distinction Responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

  

Spring 

Skills Development; Note taking, research, designing instructions, responding to brief. 

Component 3: Exam Content 

Practice Pass, Merit, Distinction Responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

  

Summer 

Component 1 LA B: Engineering Design 

Component 3: Exam Content 

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

 10 

Autumn 

 Component 1 LA A: Engineering Sectors  

Component 3: Exam Content 

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

  

Spring 

Component 2 LA B: Product Investigation.  

Component 3: Exam Content 

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

  

Summer 

Component 2 LA C: Product Manufacture. 

Component 3: Exam Content 

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

 11 

Autumn 

Component 2 LA A: Investigating an Engineering Product 

Component 3: Exam Content 

Pass, Merit , Distinction responses. 

Mock exam Questions 

  

Spring 

Component 3: Exam Content 

Mock exam Questions 

BTEC COURSE INFORMATION 

Qualification & Board 

BTEC  L2 Tech Award Engineering 

Y9 

Y10 

Y11 

COMPONENT 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications. Learners will research why a range of people with different skill sets work together during the production of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineered products, such as motorcycles. In this component, Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the engineering industry, the interconnections within engineering sectors, and how these are integrated to enable organisations to find solutions to real-life problems.  Learners will explore the role that design applications play in the production of engineered products. Through practical exercises, you will produce solutions to problems using different combinations of design and modelling engineering skills. 

 

COMPONENT 2: Investigating an Engineering Product. This component builds on the knowledge and skills learners have learned and used in Component 1. The manufacture of an engineered product involves design, the correct selection of materials, components and the making processes. This component will give learners an understanding of the types and properties of metallic and polymeric materials, and proprietary components commonly used in engineered products. Learners will acquire an understanding of the selection of materials, proprietary components, making processes and disassembly of a given engineered product. You will then plan, reproduce, inspect and test a single component 

 

COMPONENT 3: Learners will be given engineering briefs with problems to respond to. Learners responses will include identifying issues with an existing product then sketching possible design solutions that will be evaluated.  A practical test will also be carried out in relation to a brief, then collect and analyse data, reflect on findings, consider any issues, and suggest solutions. 

Potential Career paths 

A successful candidate would be able to progress onto an engineering / technical based apprenticeship, or move onto further educational courses such as AQA Level 3 Technical Level Engineering. 

Assessments (incl. field work / assessed practical) 

Component 1 (30%):  Internally set and graded. Component will be sampled by exam board. 

Component 2 (30%):  Internally set and graded. Component  will be sampled by exam board. 

Component 3 (40%): Tasks are set and graded by the exam board. 

Core or Option 

Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

  

No. GCSE Equivalent 

 ONE GCSE