In Year 7 students are introduced to the areas of electronics where they produce a circuit while understanding what the key components are within the circuit are. This gives them a good grounding for the production and development of this area of technology. Each student also has to learn how to use Computer Aided Design packages enabling them to use the Laser cutter to develop their designs into reality, producing a night light.
In Year 8 students are developing their knowledge of materials and the manufacture techniques. They produce a brass picture frame where they learn to mark and cut sheet metal accurately and then use the folding machine to press it into shape. The technical information covered is material properties of ferrous, non-ferrous and alloy metals. Obsolescence, environmental impacts and product analysis is also covered which directly link into the GCSE specification.
Each of the projects that the students undertake within Key Stage 3 build upon their previous knowledge and directly link to the knowledge needed at Key Stage 4 within Engineering and technology in general. Each student is assessed on their ability to recall information based on their lessons and to ensure full understanding this has to be applied and justified. Students are encouraged to constantly self-evaluate their work which is essential for outstanding grades in Engineering from KS3 to Degree level. Students once their work has been marked are given the chance to improve and thereby improve both their self-esteem and their grades.
Examination Board: GCSE AQA Specification 4852
AIMS OF THE SUBJECT
- To learn about engineering principles, components, materials, techniques, tools and equipment.
- To understand and apply scientific and mathematical principles to engineering solutions that are needed for industrial applications.
- To develop skills which will enable you to design and make functioning mechanical products ready for industrial applications.
- To learn about manufacturing processes and techniques including CAD/CAM as used by Universities and Businesses around the world.
- To investigate existing products in case studies and understand how products are manufactured commercially.
The course is designed to give students experience in the following areas
An understanding of various engineering processes which are taught through numerous practical tasks and experiments covering both mechanical and electronic systems.
Developing skills in the interpretation and generation of technical working drawings to Engineering Standards.
A project which gives students experience of the designing and manufacturing processes required to complete the course.
Students will be assessed in two ways:
written examination - 60% of the final mark
controlled assessment project - 40% of the final mark
The written examination will be taken at the end of Year 11 and will feature questions of a specific nature about product analysis, questions about understanding and creating technical drawings, and a section with questions about manufacturing and materials.
The controlled assessment project will consist of a made engineered product of a mechanical theme and a folder of supporting work.
This will be set on a weekly basis and will be aimed at reinforcing the knowledge learnt in class as well as giving the opportunity to ensure that the individual develops her/his controlled assessment project to the depth required
YEAR 9 - CLOCK PROJECT.
The specific aim for this year is to allow the students to develop their knowledge and technical skill in the use of manual and CNC machinery to a very high level of accuracy. They also learn to develop designs and drawings using commercial CAD packages.
Further development of the theory side of the coursework is developed this year learning to use processes such as Casting and Welding along with the continual development of electronics and materials analysis.
During this year practice papers and practice elements of their folder work will be produced.
The students are given their tasks set by the board and set about creating their controlled assessment work which has to be completed by Christmas.
Towards the end of the year more practice papers are given to prepare the students for their final exam.