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Mandatory content and external assessment to meet the DfE’s technical guidance, centre assessed including practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, plus OCR visiting moderation providing centre feedback and support; has resulted in focused qualifications which, dependent on the size chosen, either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications, GCSEs, A Levels, or may constitute the bulk of a two-year study programme.
For Engineering, there was recognition that a scientific and mathematical core was needed for all sizes of qualification, and that both employers and particularly higher education institutions (HEIs) needed to clearly see evidence of this taught content. At the same time, it was felt important within an applied/technical qualification that the maths and science content was clearly focussed on Engineering, and that similar GCE content which was not as relevant to this area was removed.
Year 12 modules
Unit 1: Mathematics for Engineering. Mathematics is one of the fundamental tools of the engineer. It underpins every branch of engineering and the calculations involved are needed to apply almost every engineering skill. External Assessment, Exam.
Unit 2: Science for engineering. Different branches of science underpin the teaching and learning of a number of engineering disciplines. In this unit we focus on the science which supports mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, fluid dynamics, thermal physics and material science for engineering. External Assessment, Exam.
Unit 3: Principles of mechanical engineering. All machines and structures are constructed using the principles of mechanical engineering. Machines are made up of components and mechanisms working in combination. Engineers need to understand the principles that govern the behaviour of these components and mechanisms. This unit explores these principles and how they are applied. External Assessment, Exam.
Year 13 modules
Unit 4: Principles of electrical and electronic engineering. Electrical systems and electronic devices are present in almost every aspect of modern life – and it is electrical and electronic engineers who design, test and produce these systems and devices. This unit will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin electrical and electronic engineering. External Assessment, Exam.
Two other Assignment based units involving Design & engineering that are Internally Assessed.
AS / Year 1
A2 / Year 2
Unit 1: Mathematics in Engineering.
Unit 2: Science for Engineering.
Unit 3: Principles of mechanical engineering.
Unit 4: Principles of electrical and electronic engineering.