Why study engineering?

Engineering will appeal to you if you enjoy learning about a wide range of sectors and are considering a career or further study in an engineering discipline. You will learn about how electrical, electronic and mechanical systems work, apply engineering theory to real-life examples and tackle problem solving challenges.

Engineering is an art form where you use your imagination to solve a problem or create something; maths and science are the building blocks to make the figments of your imagination come to life.

This practical and theory-based course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of engineering products and systems. Learning is achieved through the completion of projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

The course will require elements of home study, workshop application and some assessments will be in the form of tests.

What will I learn about?

Engineering principles
This unit develops your understanding of key engineering principles including the application of mathematics and physical science. The unit is then assessed in a final two-hour examination including a mix of short and long-answer problem-solving questions.

Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team
This internally assessed unit enables you to explore how a range of engineering processes are undertaken by teams of varied sizes to create products or services safely. In this unit you will investigate and report on common engineering processes and safety factors in addition to producing engineering drawings. This work will be followed through with the practical completion of a batch of products you produce as part of a team.

Engineering product design and manufacture
This unit is a supervised written assessment task completed within 8 hours over a 5-day period. You will be provided with a case study to carry out research for a 3-hour period prior to starting the assignment. You will then be required to follow a standard product development process of interpreting a brief, scoping initial design ideas, preparing a design proposal, and evaluating your proposal.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) in engineering
This unit will enable you to develop two-dimensional and three-dimensional drawings using a computer-aided design system. You will produce a portfolio of drawings and models which effectively communicate for the purpose of manufacture. The skills you will acquire will be developed further from unit 2 and enable you to create, edit and explore designs which have been produced to international standards.

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations
• Practical work

Future pathways and careers

• Engineering degree
• Electronic engineer
• Mechanical engineering/technician
• Electrical engineering/technician
• CAD operator

Course level

Level 3 – foundation technical level

Entry requirements

Level 2 in engineering merit. For students who have not studied engineering before, GCSE grade 5 in science, or GCSE grade 5 in maths.

Examination board



Level 3 national certificate