Welcome to the Engineering Department
Curriculum Intent: Engineering
Engineering is a broad field of study that gives students opportunities to be creative, solve problems and explore how things work. Many of the skills that engineers hone and use open doors to professional advancement, personal growth, and other opportunities.
As part of a STEM academy the Engineering department develops students’ understanding of materials, design thinking and manufacturing. Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to excite students and develop them into talented people who can analyse, problem solve and communicate design solutions to challenging problems. Students engage with the full range of subjects within Engineering; computer aided design, electronics, mechanical engineering and control systems. This supports learning across the curriculum, such as Science and Mathematics, through the practical application of theoretical concepts.
Through our learning journey students are equipped to make informed decisions about their future employment and education. The engineering skills gained at NUAST ensure students are sought after employees by the local and wider engineering community, increasing their social mobility. The broad skill set developed by students equips them for higher level study at university and apprenticeships.
Year 10 and 11: OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2
Exam Board: OCR
The Cambridge Nationals qualifications in Engineering provide an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. Alongside classroom teaching, learners can gain knowledge, skills and understanding through practical participation in engineering activities. This enables them to gain engineering knowledge and allows them to become familiar with the language, skills and processes required to work in the engineering industry. Learners are given the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of skills in engineering in preparation for higher level engineering courses or apprenticeships. On completion learners will gain three different qualification in; Engineering Design, Engineering Manufacturing and Systems and Control in Engineering.
Curriculum Intent: Product Design
We study Product Design because, by drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies, students are able to engage in a variety of contexts to understand and appreciate the design and manufacture of existing products, making them more empathetic designers and more discriminating purchasers.
Product Design at NUAST develops students understanding of materials, design thinking, design communication and product manufacture. Our curriculum is designed to develop students thinking and enable them to innovate and take design risks when responding to challenging design problems. Our curriculum reinforces learning across the whole curriculum by embedding problem solving and innovation through practical application.
The opportunity to work with employers and the university along with the skills gained through the study of Product Design at NUAST will allow students to make informed decisions about their future careers and education.
Year 10/11: OCR GCSE Product Design
Throughout this two year programme of study, students will complete four units of work:
- Unit A551: Developing and Applying Design Skills
- Unit A552: Designing and Making Innovation Challenge
- Unit A553: Making, Testing and Marketing Products
- Unit A554: Designing Influences
Units A551 and A553 are internally assessed controlled assessments covering skills such as researching, designing, making, prototyping, testing and analysis. This equates to 60% of their final GCSE mark.
Units A553 and A554 are externally assessed, with the Design and make Innovation challenge has been designed to challenge students preparation and analysis skills, to then apply them to a design concept under examination conditions.
A554 is an external examination covering course content learned over the two years.
Students will be building a wide variety of knowledge and skills to work towards creating a final prototype and portfolio.
When given their design brief, students are given complete autonomy within a theme on what they wish to design and make to develop innovative and creative products, along with the manufacturing processes they wish to carry out. They are encouraged to used CAD and CAM facilities and to use all of the facilities we have here at NUAST in order to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and creativity to achieve their full potential.
Year 12/13: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering
Throughout Year 12 and 13, students will be completing units of work towards their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. Students will be developing a number of engineering skills including electronic, technical and practical skills, through both internal and external assessment.
|Unit 1:||Engineering Principles|
|Unit 4:||Applied Commercial an Quality Principle in Engineering|
|Unit 19:||Electronic Devices and Circuits|
|Unit 10:||Computer Aided Design|
|Unit 3:||Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing|
|Unit 22:||Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture|
|Unit 41:||Manufacturing Secondary Machining Processes|
|Unit 39:||Modern Manufacturing Systems|
|Unit 2:||Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team|
|Unit 5:||A Specialist Engineering Project|
|Unit 6:||Microcontroller Systems for Engineers|
|Unit 7:||Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems|
|Unit 24:||Maintenance of Mechanical Systems|
|Unit 27:||Static Mechanical Principles in Practice|
|Unit 40:||Computer Aided Manufacturing and Planning|
|Unit 43:||Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control Machining|
Year 12/13: AQA AS/A2 Level Product Design
Throughout Year 1, students work on building a variety of knowledge and skills to work towards creating a final prototype and to undertake a final external examination.
Students complete two units in Year one, which equates to their AS qualification. The first being the practical unit, in which students have to create a portfolio of design ideas, extensive research and develop these into a final high quality prototype.
When given their design brief, students are given complete autonomy on what they wish to design and make to develop innovative and creative products, along with the manufacturing processes they wished to carry out. They were encouraged to used CAD and CAM facilities and to use all of the facilities we have here at NUAST in order to give them the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and creativity to achieve their full potential.
Whilst completing their prototype, students have also been extensively taught the theory and application of processes, materials and components. This enabled students to integrate this knowledge with their decisions in the portfolio of evidence and also prepared them for their examination.
During their A2 Year, students undertake another two units of work, following the same pattern of study and examinations. However, their design and make skills are stretched and encouraged to ensure they achieve their full creative and innovative potential. They are also taught theory and application of design, rigorously and extensively for their final examination in the summer term of their final year at NUAST.