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.  

Curriculum information

Year 10 


  • Engineering materials and properties 
  • Engineering processes 
  • Engineering components 
  • Comparing materials, processes and components with alternatives. 
  • Dismantling and assembling engineering products 
  • Measuring engineering components 
  • Identifying surface marks and describing signs of wear and degradation. 
  • Describing how components fit together 
  • Interpreting Engineering brief 
  • CAD 3D component 
  • Manufacturing processes 
  • Testing and evaluating 

Year 11 

  • Interpreting engineering brief 
  • Design ideas/annotations in relation to brief 
  • Final design 
  • CAD design 
  • Prototype manufacture / testing
  • Presenting prototype to a panel 
  • Reflecting on feedback and improving prototype and CAD design 
  • Identify issues with existing products. 
  • Sketching solutions to solve issues identified. 
  • Evaluating alternative designs in engineering. 
  • Carrying out experiments 
  • Comparing graphical data and summarising 
  • Interpreting engineering drawings and data to identify quality control issues, the cause of the issues and suggesting improvements. 
  • Different sized organisations and the need for SMEs and large companies. 
  • How engineers from different sectors collaborate to design/manufacture complex products