Engineering is all about designing functional working products that can withstand forces and perform a mechanical task. Of course your designs will also need to be aesthetically pleasing, because this subject combines creative design with scientific principles.
At Hatcham College we are fortunate enough to have two fully equipped workshops, several computer suites and a 2D laser cutter which we can use to fully design, engineer, test and manufacture commercially viable products.
Students will need a good knowledge of health and safety practice in a workshop, and should be able to demonstrate safe and accurate workshop skills, competence in sketching, good use of 3D and 2D design software and an awareness of material properties. All of which they will have begun to develop in KS3.
In order to succeed in Engineering you will need to have good time management and personal organisation skills, self-discipline in order to complete research and design classroom tasks at home and a creative mind that is prepared to engage in 'out of the box' thinking and problem solving.
You will learn how products are developed and manufactured in industry; how materials and processing methods have developed over recent decades and how to properly test, develop and manufacture your own working prototype. You will learn about materials, standardisation, Quality Assurance, British Standards, sustainability, the digital era, 2D and 3D printing and modelling, sketching and rendering techniques, orthographic and isometric drawing, robotics and CAD/CAM scales of production and manufacturing processes and techniques.
GCSE Engineering is a 'real world' subject, because students must justify their decisions in order to progress a design concept. As such it prepares students for a path into many available jobs in the engineering and design sectors. Engineering GCSE can lead to exciting and well paid career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, Forensic Engineering; Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Military Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Design, Interior Design or Architectural Design.
The course will also help students to develop other important life skills:
AQA Design & Technology: Engineering GCSE single award (4850)
The course consists of two units:
Engineering students go on numerous school trips throughout the academic year. Recent trips have included:
AQA Engineering-by Paul Anderson
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