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Welcome to Engineering Design Cambridge National Level 2 Certificate 

Welcome to Engineering, part of the Design and Technology Department. We believe Students learn best by experimenting and trying things out, by encouraging them to experiment and take risks in a safe and positive way, we hope students will develop independent skills allowing them to embrace the curriculum fully. Through research and practical activities, learners will understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. A practical approach to teaching and learning will provide learners with knowledge in engineering technology and develop their critical thinking, creativity and dextrous skills through engaging practical experiences. 

Student Testimonials

I enjoy engineering as it's an exciting and creative subject, I've learnt loads of new skills like using different programs to map out my designs and learning about how products are made. It also includes practical work which can further help you show the skills you've learnt during the year, Ayesha M.

I am extremely glad that I chose engineering for GCSE. This is because in engineering I have developed a lot of skills and learnt a lot as well. For example, I have developed resilience this is because whilst in the workshop I made some mistakes therefore my product was not good however I did not give up and I tried again and corrected my mistakes and the product turned out great. I have learnt how to use different types of CAD software which is very helpful. Another benefit of engineering is that it helps you a lot in other lessons, including math and science. I chose GCSE business as well and I found that some things are very similar such as learning about production processes which is in both engineering and business and I learnt about it in engineering first so when I did it in business, I already knew what it is, Rohan K. 
 

Engineering is my favourite subject, it allows you to be creative and think freely. It is also not all class work you get to make things that you would actually use, like a phone stand that I use on a daily basis, Lara M.

I like taking engineering for all the new skills that I have learnt (like how to draw orthographic designs) and figuring out that engineering is the field that I want to go into for a job because I find it interesting and engaging! Keira S.

FAQs

What is a Cambridge National? 

Cambridge Nationals are vocational qualifications, equivalent to GCSEs, for 14–16 year olds. 

Do I need to study engineering to study it at University? 

No you don’t you must have Math and physics but having knowledge of practical skills really helps. 

Do I need to be able to draw? 

No, It does help but you will be taught technical drawing skills and Computer Aided Design. 

How much written work is there? 

As with any GCSE there is a fair amount of written work so you can show your aptitude and understanding, but there are practicals throughout the course. 

Do I need any specific equipment?

You will need to make sure you have a pencil, colouring pencils and a fine liner. We have drawing boards in school for you to use. 

What CAD packages will I learn to use? 

You will build on your knowledge of 2d Design and learn to use solid works. 

Is there anything I can do to help my child before they start the course?

Discuss what materials products are made from and how they are made, question can products could be designed better or improved.  Try using some CAD programs, google sketch up, Tinker cad or fusion 360. Students can use these all for free.

For further information please contact:

Ms J Edwards  jwo@westagte.slough.sch.uk Curriculum Leader of Technology