GCSE Engineering

Engineering is a diverse subject, and is the cornerstone of most industries. As such, it is impossible to cover all aspects of engineering at this level. The GCSE therefore gives a basic grounding in materials, processes and components and the principles of applying your knowledge to solve practical problems. Pupils should be good at maths and science, but want to apply their knowledge in a practical way, to real situations and problems. This subject is more about solving problems than creating new products.

You will learn more about the properties of materials and their uses, how basic mechanical systems work, the principles of electrical systems and how electronic circuits are used to control other systems such as pneumatics and hydraulics eg. how robots are put together, made to work, tested and evaluated.

We will also consider the engineering sector of industry and how it is organised as well as the opportunities available. It is vocational in that it applies directly to career opportunities, but is academic in that it requires the application of knowledge and skills to problems and challenges. 

Assessment
Unit 1:
Examination (2 hour, 60% of the overall qualification). This will test application of knowledge to situations though a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions. 15% will involve the use of maths to solve problems relating to measurements, weights and some material properties. 
Unit 2: Controlled assessment project (30 hours of lesson time, 40% of the overall qualification). Design an engineering solution to a given problem, task set by AQA. Plan and make a prototype of your designed solution, test and evaluate your prototype, present it all as portfolio of drawings (emphasis on CAD), photos etc.