Autumn term

Key ideas and topics covered

Working on component 3a:

  • What is engineering? Investigate Engineering sectors, famous engineers and products
  • Hazards and risks – creating risk assessments
  • Prototypes
  • Disassembly of products
  • Handling materials
  • Recording a process
  • Displaying data
  • Measuring using engineering tools

Practical elements:

  • Using hand tools
  • Fixings
  • Working to as brief to create a six-sided bias dice

Working on component 1a:

  • Product research – power tool, bike or car
  • Investigate product systems, components, materials, functions, manufacture
  • Engineering sectors – how they contribute to making a product
  • Large global companies
  • Small to medium enterprise
  • Job roles

Working on component 2b:

  • Disassembly techniques – recording of observations
  • Product design specification
  • Mock exams

Spring term

Key ideas and topics covered

Working on component 3b:

  • Interpretation of a brief
  • Features of engineering products – dimensions, tolerances, surface finish and form
  • Materials – polymers, metals
  • Manufacturing processes – cutting, shaping, forming, joining

Practical elements:

  • 3D sketching
  • Design sheet
  • Engineering drawing
  • Finishing techniques – using oils, stains, waxes and dyes
  • Marketing
  • CAD

Working on component 1b:

  • Product research – credit card multi-tool
  • Create a brief – physical requirements, aesthetics, size, function, performance requirements
  • Sketching and designing
  • Physical modelling in card
  • CAD

Working on component 2c:

  • Production plans
  • Safety, marking out, cutting – recording process
  • Drilling, filing, shaping
  • Quality control
  • Tolerances

Summer term

Key ideas and topics covered

Working on component 3c:

  • Types of engineering drawing
  • Identifying issues
  • Industrial production
  • Improving solutions
  • Robotics in production

Practical elements:

  • Creating products from an engineering drawing
  • Mild steel – marking out, drilling, cutting, filing, stamping
  • Quality control

Working on component 2a:

  • Investigation into a brake caliper
  • Product specifications
  • Materials used in components and component availability
  • Materials properties and uses
  • Manufacturing processes – die casting, injection moulding, stamping and coiling

Component 3:

  • ‘Skills’ – recording observations form practical work, processing results, evaluations of tests, annotating design diagrams, explaining issues
  • Reviewing production processes