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This course is ideal for students who are interested in studying an engineering discipline at degree level at university. It is also an ideal course to lead onto a Foundation Degree in Engineering or even a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering. This course will also prepare young people who are keen to look for employment in an engineering/ manufacturing related industry rather than university.

 

COURSE CONTENT

This course covers a range of engineering disciplines; engineering materials and processes in the first year, with a focus in electronics and control in the second year, with design and Computer Aided Design, CAD, throughout both years.

You will be able to apply your understanding of engineering theory through project-based tasks which have included sheet metal punch machines, log splitters, hydraulic presses and in the 2nd year an electro- mechanical devices such as environmental control systems; greenhouse moisture/heat/light sensors, water pump system and PIC programming. Employer involvement is fundamental to the course with a study of a practicing engineer from a local engineering company and researching the engineering environment with another company.

The Single Award Advanced GCE in Engineering comprises of six equally-weighted units. The AS in Engineering is the first half of an A-level course and contributes to 50% of the total A-level. The A2, the second half of the A-level, which makes up the other 50% of the total engineering A-level.

 

METHOD OF STUDY

AS Level Units - First Year
Unit 1 - Engineering Materials, Processes and Techniques (theory).
Students study a wide range of engineering materials and processes, and how these can be used to manufacture high-quality finished products. They will understand the properties of these materials and why they are selected to suit a purpose. Students will visit the materials laboratory at Plymouth University where they will use microscopes and tensile testing machinery to learn about materials science. This is assessed through an end of year examination.

Unit 2 - The Role of the Engineer (Report).
Students will investigate the role of a 'real' practicing professional engineer. Liskeard School have worked with Agricultural Design Engineers from Teagle Ltd, Maintenance Engineers and Mechanical Engineers from South West water.

This report is internally assessed by your tutors and externally moderated

Unit 3 - Principles of Design, Planning and Prototyping (Project)
Students will design and manufacture a 3D solution to a client brief by creating a range of ideas, developing a solution in CAD and then demonstrating its effectiveness by developing a working engineered prototype. This is assessed internally and externally moderated

A2 Level Units - Second Year
Unit 4 - Applied Engineering Systems (theory).
The examination board will set a brief asking students to complete three practical activities under controlled examination conditions predominantly around the theory of static structural systems, electromechanical systems, electronics/electrical engineering. This is assessed internally and checked by the exam board. During this unit students use the materials testing laboratory at Plymouth University to tensile test various material test specimens.

Unit 5 - The Engineering Environment (Report).
Students will investigate an engineering place of work, the standards and regulations they must comply with, the technology used, environmental impact, etc. and complete a report of their findings. Students work closely with companies such as South West Water and Engineers in Environmental Engineering and Maintenance engineers in fields such as Condition Based Monitoring and Thermo-graphics. This is an internally assessed project and externally moderated.

Unit 6 - Applied Design, Planning and Prototyping (Project).
Students will draw upon their engineering expertise to design, develop and manufacture a mechanical/ electronic engineering prototype to solve a client brief. This is an internally assessed project.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including 2 at grade B with a minimum of grade C in GCSE Maths and Science. It is a bonus to have followed an Engineering or Resistant Materials course at GCSE but it's not essential.

A Level Engineering can be taken alongside any other A Levels. However, it is an ideal combination with A Level Mathematics or any of the sciences, Physics in particular.

 

CAREER AND PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

This qualification provides progression to further education, training or employment. Appropriate further education includes Level 4 BTEC Higher Nationals in Engineering, NVQ. Engineering Levels 3/4, appropriate foundation degrees or degrees in engineering-related subjects.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Mechanical Engineer, Production Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Sound and acoustics engineer, Food engineer, Safety engineer, Transport engineer, Medical engineer, Systems engineer, Environmental engineer, Aeronautical engineer, Textile engineer, Renewable energy engineer, Marine engineer and Civil engineering.

 

FURTHER ADVICE AND INFORMATION

Mr Rob Meier

 

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