Our aim is to inspire students to develop creative problem-solving skills that students will benefit from throughout their adult lives. Engineering manufacture is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing practices and processes using the machines, tools and equipment that turn raw materials into new products. This qualification will enable your students to study these processes. It will also allow them to operate the tools and equipment used to make products from the requirements of a design specification, as well as use relevant computer applications such as CAD/CAM, and CNC equipment.


The Engineering course at KS4 is the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Manufacture. It involves a practical approach to learning which provides learners with the knowledge in engineering technology and develop critical thinking, creativity and dextrous skills through engaging practical experiences.

The course at KS5 is the AQA Foundation Diploma in Engineering Design. Learners gain the core technical knowledge required to work in today’s exciting engineering industry and cover topics such as:

  • the scientific principles used to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
  • mechanical engineering systems and components
  • the process of engineering design.

Transferable skills are valued by employers and higher education alike. The following transferable skills have been contextualised into the content of this qualification

  • communication (oral and written)
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving

Examples of cross-curricular links


Non-fiction reading  -  industry articles, machines manuals, production plans, risk assessments.

Vocabulary strategy - technical vocabulary is taught explicitly and reinforced continuously

Purpose and audience writing - analysis, evaluation

Mathematics: Calculations, formulae, data analysis and presentation
Science: Physical laws and principles
Humanities: Impact of historical events on the development of engineering

Examples of Cultural Capital entitlement from NC

  • Understanding of key principles of engineering industry
  • Understanding of market forces on production and marketing
  • Awareness of historical and cultural influences
  • Awareness of environmental impacts and responsibilities
  • Key Stage 3

    Engineering at Key Stage 3 is in the form of one focussed practical task in Year 9. This introduces them into selecting the correct manufacturing processes to make a given product with high degrees of accuracy.

    Skills – 2D CAD, Nets, Marking out, Metalwork hand tools, Cutting, folding, finishing.

  • Key Stage 4

    The Engineering course is the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Manufacture.

    It is assessed via 4 mandatory units: -

    • R109 – Engineering materials, processes and production. This is a written paper set and marked by OCR. 1 hour (60 marks)
    • R110 – Preparing and planning for manufacture. This is Centre assessed and OCR moderated. Approx 10-12 hours, 60 marks.
    • R111 – Computer Aided Manufacturing. Centre assessed and OCR moderated. Approx 10-12 hours, 60 marks.
    • R112 – Quality control of engineered products. Centre assessed and OCR moderated. Approx 10-12 hours, 60 marks.

    This Course is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

    Year 1
    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

    Health and safety in the workshop.

    Working with metals and hand tools.

    Material Properties, Categories, Technical Drawing.

    Working with Pillar Drills, Centre Lathes and Milling Machines.

    The Casting Process

    Introduction to CAD, 2D Design & Solidworks

    Introduction to CAM – Laser cutting.

    R110 Assessed task in Preparing and planning for production.

    R109 Revision and Exam

    Year 2
    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3

    Introduction to CNC and CAM.

    G Code

    Converting CAD files to CNC

    R111 – Assessed task for Computer Aided Manufacture.

    Introduction to Quality control of Engineered products

    R112 Assessed task for quality control

    R110 Revision and retake

  • Key Stage 5

    The course comprises of 4 mandatory units: -

    Unit 1 Materials technology and science

    This unit will develop learner’s knowledge and understanding of materials used in engineering products and the scientific principles they will use to identify which materials are most suitable for use in a design.

    External examination

    Unit 2 Mechanical systems

    Looking at different types of individual systems and their typical applications will allow learners to grow their understanding of how these systems are designed, how they function, how they assemble and test mechanical systems and identify the preventative maintenance requirements.

    Externally set and marked practical assignment

    Unit 3 Engineering design

    Design is the most essential process of engineering, which distinguishes it from science and calls for imagination, creativity, the knowledge and application of technical and scientific skills, and use of materials. A range of industry tools and techniques will be used by learners to deliver an engineering design so that they understand the process from start to finish.

    Internally centre assessed

    Unit 4 Production and manufacturing

    Using a wide range of manufacturing processes learners will grow their understanding of how to plan and manufacture a batch of products.

    Internally centre assessed.

    It is grades Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*

    This qualification is equivalent to one A-Level in terms of UCAS points.

  • Careers and progression
    Qualification pathways 

    The Art, Design and Technology department has responded to student requirements and changed the offer at KS5 to include Engineering.

    The KS4 qualification prepares students for further study in the field of Technology or for related apprenticeship schemes.

    The AQA course offered at KS5, prepares students for further study at Higher Education or for employment in a related sector.  Study of Engineering can lead to employment in a vast array of areas such as mechanical, electrical, automotive…. Engineering sectors.

    Example of successful progressions

    New course so no data available

    Examples of links to Gatsby benchmark 4 (Linking curriculum to careers) 

    Trip to RAF Coningsby to look at application of Engineering Science

    Examples of link to Gatsby benchmark 5 (encounters with employers)

    Trip to Perkins Engines, National Training Academy for Rail.

    Employability skills

    Because of the broad nature of the subject, students of Engineering often follow career paths in quite different directions, for example some of our previous students have become Furniture Designers, Interior Designer, Aeronautical Engineers, studied Architecture, worked in Motorsport, Set Designers and Production Designers in TV and film. Career pathways include Apprenticeships, straight into the world of work and University.

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