Level 3 Cambridge Technical
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.
Engineering requires students to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for their chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Maths and Science.
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.
This 2 year course is split into 6 units – 3 units in year 1 and 3 units in year 2.
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 ENGINEERING
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:
PRINCIPLES 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.
PRINCIPLES 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.
HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED
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.
The Engineering Department will offer a number of enrichment activities:
• Visiting speakers from both industry and universities.
• University visits to look at different fields of engineering
• Industry company visits
The course has been designed in collaboration with a range of employers including Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens and JCB. The course is also designed to meet the relevant requirements of the engineering industry.
This qualification can also provide a strong base for progression to either university, apprenticeships or work and is recognised for UCAS tariff points.
Other courses that should be strongly considering for a future in engineering are;
MATHS A LEVEL
Taught in combination with Maths for Engineering unit and gives you a broader and greater understanding of advanced Mathematics.
PHYSICS A LEVEL
This course will help with the Science for Engineering unit and also gives you a deeper understanding of all the other Science units.
CORE MATHS LEVEL 3 (MATHEMATICAL STUDIES)
Equivalent to half an A level and looks at the applications of Mathematics.
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 conten on this programme.
The full course detail is available on the OCR website.
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