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Course Description

Do you ever look around your home and think of handy products that could improve people’s lives or get inspired by the amazing feats of engineering all around you? Are you creative, and want to start building the skills you need for a successful career in the industry? If so, it’s time to uncover your potential – find out more about this exciting qualification today!

This qualification is made up of 3 units:

  • Unit 1: Manufacturing engineering products
    Have the opportunity to interpret different types of engineering information in order to plan how to manufacture engineering products. Develop knowledge, understanding and skills in using a range of engineering tools and equipment in order to manufacture and test a final product. 
  • Unit 2: Designing engineering products
    Explore how an engineered product is adapted and improved over time. It offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding to adapt an existing component, element or part of the product that you will have manufactured for Unit 1. 
  • Unit 3: Solving engineering problems
    Introduced to a range of considerations that impact on engineering design and how modern engineering has had an impact on modern day life at home, work and in society in general. 

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of exams and project work.

  • Unit 1 will involve producing a manufacturing product, which will be worth 40% of the qualification. This can range from a basic hand tool to complex machinery. The product will need to be developed over 20 hours.
  • Unit 2 will also be assessed through project work and will be worth 20% of the qualification. Here you will apply your problem-solving skills to answer a brief and produce a solution. You will produce your solution over 10 hours.
  • Unit 3 will involve a single exam, which is worth 40% of your qualification. The exam will last 1 hour and 30 minutes. The exam will be made up of multiple-choice questions, and short and extended answers

What will I learn?

Unit 1: Manufacturing Engineering Products

Vocational Context

Overview of Unit

Engineering has sub-sectors, but almost all are linked by the production or manufacture of an end product, environment or system. This unit allows learners to understand how engineering information is used to manufacture or produce these outcomes. From basic hand tools to complex machinery, learners will gain understanding, skills and knowledge of processes and materials, to allow successful products to be produced

Understanding a word, phrase or sentence in context; exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events

Vocational Context

Overview of Unit

Virtually everything that we interact with from day to day has been through the design process. This unit allows learners to understand how an engineering design process is used to develop or adapt products, and how these solutions help to meet the needs and demands of clients, users and environments. In this unit, learners will become familiar with developing problem-solving skills based on real problems and identified market needs. They will need to analyse a brief and specification and produce a solution that meets those requirements.

This unit allows learners to experience and gain understanding of how an engineered product is adapted and improved over time. The unit is linked to the engineering product manufactured during Unit 1 of the course. It will require the learner to work to a given brief to adapt an existing component, element or part of the engineering outcome that they manufactured for Unit 1.

Vocational Context

Overview of Unit

Understanding engineering materials and processes is key to understanding the core principle of Engineering, and fundamental to an engineer’s role is finding functional solutions to problems and demands. However, many areas in Engineering are fast evolving, and developments in materials, processes and technologies are constantly re-shaping the sector. This unit considers both the steadfast central tenets of modern Engineering, whilst exploring the impact of engineering developments and achievements in the home and in society in general.

This unit introduces learners to how engineering design is impacted by a range of external considerations such as the properties of materials, both traditional and smart developing materials, as well as methods of manufacturing in both the traditional and new and emerging technologies. The unit also gives the learner the opportunity to explore how engineering achievements have had an impact on modern day life at home, work and in society in general. Finally, the unit allows learners to develop understanding and skills to assist them in the solving of engineering problems.

What could I do next?

You will develop a range of skills which are attractive to employers, colleges and universities including: communication, critical thinking, learning independently, research, taking on responsibility, time management.

These skills will give you a wide range of opportunities within the field of engineering, for example: aerospace engineer, biomedical engineer, civil/structural engineer, computer engineer, electrical/electronic engineer, environmental engineer, marine engineer, mechanical engineer, product engineer.