The Whitehaven Academy. Pupils get their first look at the inside of the new Academy site which is under construction. Headteacher Nigel Youngman (centre):
15 September 2021
Stuart Walker
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The Engineering award gives you the opportunity to develop sector specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.

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The Engineering Industry is one of the UK’s largest sectors and is constantly developing as new technology allows greater change and advancements.

The Whitehaven Academy. The new build site under construction alongside the existing school site:
14 September 2021
Stuart Walker
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The engineering industry leaders encourage students to develop a strong STEM education and to maintain the ability to embark on a career in engineering and technology.

Why study Mathematics?

This is a core subject that you have to study as it is a basic entry requirement for many courses and forms of employment. Mathematics should encourage learners to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The most able students will be in a position to access A-level Mathematics at Key Stage 5 and some students might choose the further Mathematics A-level which is considered helpful for Oxbridge Mathematics and Science courses.



Key Information about the course

The three components students study, develop a broad knowledge and understanding of engineering sectors and technical skills in designing and making.

Method of assessment

Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications. (36 guided learning hours)

  • Understand engineering sectors, products and organisations, and how they interrelate.

Component 2: Investigating an Engineering project (36 guided learning hours)

  • Understand materials, components and processes for a given engineered product.
  • Investigate a given engineered product using disassembly techniques.
  • Plan the manufacture of and safely reproduce/inspect/test a given engineered component.

Component 3: Responding to an Engineering brief (48 guided learning hours)

  • Understand how to respond to an engineering brief
  • Select skills and techniques in response to an engineering brief
  • Apply skills and techniques in response to an engineering brief
  • Evaluate and review the outcomes of the application of skills and techniques in response to an engineering brief

Key areas and skills

The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly; knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry; knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project; and knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief.

Possible career pathway

Chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, civil engineer, software engineer, environmental engineer, design technology teacher and many more.