Department | Engineering2021-01-16T22:37:10+00:00

Department | Engineering



Mr. P. McClure
Head of Department

Subject Information

Engineering is a rapidly expanding market within the UK and further afield. Rarely has a product on the market not had input from an engineer at some point during its life cycle, from initial design or conception, to manufacture, to the disposal after use. The engineering course here at RSA aims to provide pupils in Year 13 and 14 with an insight into the work carried out by many different types of engineer in their everyday life. Through this introduction to engineering pupils are often able to make a conscious decision as to whether or not engineering is a career for them, and also the type of engineering they want to specialise in.


Engineering is a popular choice at AS and A2 level with approximately 10-15 pupils opting to study this course annually. It is strongly recommended that pupils have achieved at least a B grade in GCSE Mathematics prior to starting the course. The specification for the course can be found at the link below:

Engineering as a discipline aims to develop the following skills:

  • Use of Mathematics in real world situations

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Technical proficiency in CAD software

  • Product design and improvement

Year 13

Unit 1: Engineering Principles

This unit focuses on the mathematical and physics principles underpinning the practicalities of engineering. Pupils will learn to solve problems across many different engineering disciplines. This unit is assessed by an external exam which is 2 hours long in the summer term.

Unit 2: Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team

This unit is made up of 3 pieces of coursework that are internally assessed. The first is a report on manufacturing analysis of an existing product. The second is using CAD packages to produce engineering drawings. The final piece of coursework is a team project where pupils are separated into groups and have to deliver an engineering service or make a product.

Year 14

Unit 3: Engineering Product Design and Manufacture

In this unit pupils learn the skills needed to identify and redesign a product that is failing in operation. Pupils sit an external exam in January; the exam is spread over 5 days and focuses on developing pupils’ skill in planning, identifying problems and coming up with solutions that are well presented and evaluated against set criteria.

Unit 9: Work Experience in the Engineering Sector

Unit 9 aims to promote the real world application of all of the material studied during the course by allowing pupils to engage in a 10-day placement in an engineering company in June of year 13. Pupils will see how engineers function on a daily basis and gain some experience in the industry. This unit is assessed on 2 pieces of coursework completed by the pupils and marked internally.

There are many different careers that can be pursued as a result of studying this course. The skills prepare pupils for studying practically all types of engineering either at university or at a further education centre. Information related to careers in engineering and pathways that can be taken are given at the link below:

Famous people who studied Engineering

  • Rowan Atkinson (Actor)

  • Neil Armstrong (Astronaut)

  • Nikola Tesla (Scientist/Inventor)

  • Dolph Lundgrun (Actor)

  • Alfred Hitchcock (Director)

  • Mike Bloomberg (Author, Politician, Businessman)

  • Larry Page (Google co-founder)

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