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The Certificate in engineering

At the Highcrest Academy students have the opportunity to study the Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering. The qualification takes the form of two separate qualifications which complement one another and give students the ability to access further engineering opportunities after GCSE. The qualification is designed by teachers, industry leaders and universities to ensure that learnt materials are the most up-to-date and appropriate to the current changes and activities within the engineering environment.
 
The two units that we study are engineering design and engineering manufacture.
 

Engineering Design

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for your students to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. They’ll use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

This element of the course is broken into four units and is assessed both using examined materials and by assignments.

R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements

             Written paper                              OCR set and marked                          1 hour – 60 marks

R106: Product analysis and research

Centre-assessed task,         OCR moderated

R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs

Centre-assessed task,    OCR moderated

R108: 3D design realisation

Centre-assessed task,   OCR moderated

 

Engineering Manufacture

Engineering manufacture is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing practices and processes using the machines, tools and equipment that turn raw materials into new products. This qualification will enable your students to study these processes. It will also allow them to operate the tools and equipment used to make products from the requirements of a design specification, as well as use relevant computer applications such as CAD/CAM, and CNC equipment.

This element of the course is broken into four units and is assessed both using examined materials and by assignments.

R109: Engineering materials, processes and production

Written paper                                               OCR set and marked                                   1 hour – 60 marks

R110: Preparing and planning for manufacture

Centre-assessed task,                                OCR moderated

R111: Computer-aided manufacturing

Centre-assessed task,                           OCR moderated

R112: Quality control of engineered products

Centre-assessed task,                            OCR moderated

 

Useful Links:

The design cycle: identify and design phases

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/systemscontrol/designevaluationrev1.shtml

The design cycle: optimise and validation phases

www.design-technology.info/designcycle/

Identifying design needs: design briefs

www.technologystudent.com/designpro/problem1.htm

Design specifications

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/designanalysisevaluationrev3.shtml

Manufacturing considerations: materials and supply

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/supply-chains-smart-cars

Manufacturing considerations: scale, reliability, safety and sustainability

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTWnQDAhp9k

Market forces

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/designsocialrev1.shtml

Legislation and design

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/declaration-conformity.htm

Inspirational design and new materials technology

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/supply-chains-smart-cars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etyt4osHgX0

Life Cycle Analysis

http://www.technologystudent.com/prddes1/lifecy1.html

Environmental pressures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmpdqOerOF4

Components and Circuits

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/

Principles, Units and Measurement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGTZPTnZBFE

Ohms Law and power law

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mHLvtGjum4

Series and Parallel Resistors and Potential Divider

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxH7hnuBfC4

Protection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjE1k17MsqM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGj99yUmhSw

Systems Approach

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfojHo9cVOk

DC Motors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wby4aHyXJQ

Smart materials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=424-3G0jNqU

Electrical Hazards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq8wN-pUaqw

Component Types and Surface Mount Technology

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qk5vxWY46A

Quality Assurance for Printed Circuit Boards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YegtDW42peg