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Engineering

Why Engineering?

There are national and regional shortages and skills gaps in the engineering sector which means for learners taking up engineering as a study option there will be plenty of opportunities for good career prospects.

Engineering covers a broad variety of roles and it involves the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge to transform ideas and materials into products and systems safely and support them during their lifetime. This qualification has a focus on a broad range of engineering specialist areas.

“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.”  -  James Dyson

“At its heart, engineering is about using science to find creative, practical solutions. It is a noble profession.”  -  Queen Elizabeth II

Summary of Content

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. It is a 60 credit qualification and consists of 4 units. There are three mandatory units (Units 1,2 & 3) and 1 optional unit (Unit 10).

Unit 1 Engineering Principles  - External exam

Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team – Internal assessment

Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture -  Synoptic unit, external exam

Unit 10 Computer Aided Design in Engineering -  Internal assessment

The National Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels. It consists of 10 units of which 5 are mandatory. Two units are externally assessed by examination and the rest are assessed internally. The mandatory units are:

Unit 1 Engineering Principles  - External exam

Unit 2 Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team -  Internal assessment

Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture -  Synoptic unit , External exam

Unit 4 Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering – Internal assessment

Unit 5 A Specialist Engineering Project – Internal assessment

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