GCSE Engineering

weldingEngineering has been an integral part of the Barlby High School curriculum at KS4 for a number of years.

After continued success with BTEC Engineering, we are now offering GCSE Engineering from the beginning of year 10.

The course is aimed at any student wishing to obtain a foundation qualification in engineering. The course offers a gateway to a vast range of engineering careers from mechanical and electrical engineering to civil engineering.

The course enables students to:

  • engage in a range of engineering processes and develop as effective and independent students
  • develop a range of transferable engineering skills that will form a foundation for future learning and progression
  • understand engineering and related sectors and the contribution they make to society and the economy
  • develop an awareness of emerging technologies and sustainable development in the context of engineering

Comprising of 3 units, the content of which briefly consists of:

Engineering Design and Graphical Communication

  • Engineering design
  • Engineering drawings
  • Presenting engineering drawings and design solutions

Engineered Products

  • Product specifications and production plans
  • Producing an engineered product

Single examination (lasting 1 hour)

 Major practical skills learned throughout the course include:

  •   Welding (oxy acetylene, MIG and ARC)
  •   Brazin
  •   Sheet metal fabrication including
  •   Marking out
  •   Cutting using machinery and manually
  •   Machine turning
  •   Cutting and forming threads
  •   Fixings and fasteners
  •   Designing and making using CAD/CAM
  •   Soldering
  •   Constructing and programming electronic circuitry
  •   Drawing techniques including:
  •   3d sketching
  •   Isometric
  •   3rd angle orthographic

In engineering we believe in the students gaining real skills and experience that can be applied to a college course or in the workplace. Although exam results are of the utmost importance, it is essential that students can put that knowledge into practice in a real world situation.

Progression Pathways:

  • related qualifications at Level 3, for example in GCE A Level Engineering, BTEC
  • National Certificates and Diplomas in Engineering
  • employment within the engineering sector and related industries.

Currently the UK is suffering a shortage of qualified engineers across the sector, meaning that employers and colleges are keen to encourage students into the subject.  Future career paths include engineering, logistics, technical consultant, supply chain management and commercial roles.