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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School




Love Maths & Physics? Enjoy taking things apart and working out how they work? Have a talent for problem solving? Great at drawing and communication?  Then this course is for you! This course builds on knowledge, skills and understanding learned during Years 7 and 8 in Design and Technology lessons. 

What Will You Do? 
This is a design, problem solving and manufacture based course. During the three years, you will learn about how engineers test and use materials, work with CAD, CAM and CNC, apply Maths, Science and Design to solve engineering problems, calculate material properties and cost and research into the suitability of how different materials are used to solve problems. 

In Year 9 you will investigate structures, prototype a range of mini products, test and evaluate them and understand how design development is key to the manufacture of high quality parts or products. You will learn a wide range of processes that are used across the engineering world, such as manufacturing using multiple materials, testing surface finishes, producing high quality Isometric and 3rd Angle Orthographic technical drawings as well as Computer Aided Design and Manufacture. 

In Years 10 and 11 you will research and disassemble a range of products and investigate how and why they function. You will conduct a range of tests and evaluate the outcomes. You will analyse materials, parts and processes and draw conclusions about their fitness for purpose. You will investigate and evaluate a range of clients and design products to suit their diverse needs. You will sketch, develop, design, model and prototype a high quality marketable product suitable for volume production. This will be showcased as part of the Higham Lane School Design and Food Engineering Show at the end of Year 11.

By doing this you will gain an understanding of how technology and engineering impacts on society and the environment. You will also gain an understanding of different materials (for example aluminium, mild steel, copper, plywood and polymers) and will experience processes such as milling, using the centre lathe and drilling during the manufacture of your prototypes and products. 

To enhance your learning experience, we will visit the Big Bang STEM fair at the NEC, as well as making use of links with local engineering firms, such as Mira and Triumph in Hinckley. 

How will you do it? 
You will be taught in mixed ability classes and will have access to the wide range of resources available across the Department. The emphasis is on independent learning, creativity and using your Maths and Science skills to enhance your problem solving. The assessment is based upon 3 detailed engineering assignments as well as a 1 hour examination based upon key knowledge and understanding. 

What Qualifications Can You Obtain?
The course will lead to a Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design which is the GCSE equivalent at grade 4 to 9. Students who make less than expected progress may, at their teacher’s discretion, study for the Cambridge Nationals Level 1 in Engineering Design which is equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades 3-1. The qualification is assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

How will you be assessed? 
R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirement 1 hour examination (60 marks) 25%
R106: Product analysis and research (60 marks) 25%
R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs (60 marks) 25%
R108: 3D design realisation (60 marks) 25%

Please note that this information about the Cambridge Nationals course is based on the course we are currently teaching to our students.  We have recently been informed that this course is due to be re-written with students expected to sit an assessment at the end of the course (which is likely to be an exam) and which will be worth 40% of their final grade.

For further information, please contact your Design and Technology teacher or Mr Temple, Subject Leader for Design & Technology.




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