The Highcrest Academy


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


The design cycle: optimise and validation phases

Identifying design needs: design briefs

Design specifications


Manufacturing considerations: materials and supply

Manufacturing considerations: scale, reliability, safety and sustainability

Market forces


Legislation and design

Inspirational design and new materials technology

Life Cycle Analysis

Environmental pressures

Components and Circuits

Principles, Units and Measurement

Ohms Law and power law

Series and Parallel Resistors and Potential Divider


Systems Approach

DC Motors

Smart materials

Electrical Hazards

Component Types and Surface Mount Technology

Quality Assurance for Printed Circuit Boards