Engineering

Level 3 Cambridge Technical

Engineering is exciting, rewarding and creative. If you are analytical, imaginative and innovative, have a passion for problem solving and a keen eye for detail then you’re this course is for you. If your future goal is to study engineering at university or to go on to an apprenticeship then the Cambridge Technical in Engineering is an ideal course for you.

The essential parts of becoming any engineer is your understanding of both Mathematics and Science and because of this they are central in this course.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Engineering requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths and Science.

EXAM BOARD

OCR

COURSE STRUCTURE

Engineering is based in the Maths buildings and will be taught by highly experienced teachers. It includes teachers with Engineering degrees and a range of specialists in Maths, Science and Business. The engineering lesson will be taught in different areas of the college depending on the unit and all lessons will be relevant to engineering scenarios. Due to each engineering unit requiring different specialist teachers you will always have a teacher who is an expert in their subject area. Lessons will include a variety of group, paired and individual work; resources you will draw on include textbooks, exam questions and jigsaw/domino/card matching activities as well as websites.

Support outside lessons is available, both informally and formally. Regular “clinic” sessions are run during the college week and all of the department are available for support at lunchtime.

This 2 year course is split into 6 units – 3 units in year 1 and 3 units in year 2.

Year 1:

Maths for Engineers
This unit will extend your understanding of Mathematics beyond GCSE and will show you how to use algebra, trigonometry and calculus to solve relevant engineering problems. This unit is externally assessed by an OCR a set and marked examination.

Science for Engineers
This unit will build on your Physics ability and then help you understand fundamental principles of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering. This unit is externally assessed by an OCR set and marked examination.

Business for Engineers
This unit looks at how engineering businesses of all sizes survive, develop and manage in the modern age. It will allow you to develop an understanding of financial planning techniques in an engineering context. This unit is internally assessed with assignment-based work.

Year 2:

You will complete 3 of the following units:

Principals of Mechanical Engineering
This unit will expand on the Maths and Science units from the 1st year by developing understanding of forces, pulleys, gearing and properties of beams. This unit is externally assessed by an OCR set and marked examination.

Principals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
This unit goes into greater detail of electrical principles. It is a vital unit for all engineering disciplines and covers topics like voltage and current and also analogue and digital electronics. This unit is externally assessed by an OCR set and marked examination.

Computer Aided Design
In this unit, you will learn how to you to understand, read and produce engineering drawings using computer aided design, which is used across all fields of engineering. This unit is internally assessed with assignment based work.

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

The Engineering Department offer you a number of enrichment activities, these include:

• Visiting speakers from both industry and universities
• University visits to look at different fields of engineering
• Industry company visits

As an Engineering student, you can also take part in local, national and international cross college trips.

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE?

If you are considering studying the Level 3 in Engineering, ensure that your knowledge in Maths and Physics at GCSE level is to a high standard, as the knowledge from these courses make up the majority of the content on this programme.

The full course detail is available on the OCR website.

The department recommend that you also attend one of our scheduled open events to learn more about this exciting course. We also recommend that you come along to your taster sessions within this subject at Wyke Start, our two-day taster event in July. You will also be given some summer work to complete following this event to help you prepare for your first few weeks on the course.

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