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KS4 Year 10 Engineering

Overview

Engineers can have amajor impact on industry and society. The achievements they have made have improved the quality of everyday life, from the buildings we live and work into the transport we use to get around and how we enjoy our leisure time.Engineers are able to find solutions to problems, whether it is adapting orcombining materials used to produce a product to make it withstand severe weather conditions or fixing materials in a different way to make something more portable. Problem solving is critical to working in engineering. Finding solutions to problems to ensure a product is fit for purpose involves:

· learning about materials

· design processes

· engineering processes

· safe use of tools and equipment

· maths that engineers use.

WJEC Level 1/2 Awardin Engineering is designed to mainly support learners in schools and colleges who want to learn about engineering from the design and planning perspective. It provides learners with abroad introduction to the engineering sector and the types of careeropportunities available. It is mainlysuitable as a foundation for further study. This further study could provide learners with the awareness of the workof different types of job roles in the sector such as design engineers, civilengineers, technicians and mechanical engineers. As a result, they may wish to start an apprenticeship or continue with their studies into higher education in order topursue those job roles.

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as maths and sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications. These include:

· GCEs in Physics or D and T

· Diplomas in Engineering

· Apprenticeships in Engineering.

Units studied and a briefdescription of their content

The qualificationstructure is:

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering

Unit number

Unit title

Assessment

GLH

1

Engineering design

Internal

30

2

Producing engineering products

Internal

60

3

Solving engineering problems

External

30


WJECLevel 1/2 Awards in Engineering offer a learning experience that focuseslearning for 14-16 year olds through applied learning, i.e. acquiring andapplying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set insector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

Thequalification is built from discrete units, but allows for both synoptic learning and assessment. Each unit hasan applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose is the vehicle through which the learning contained in the unitis made relevant and purposeful. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study engineering. The applied purposeprovides the opportunity for authentic work related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that theydevelop:

· skills required for independent learning and development

· a range of generic andtransferable skills

· the ability to solveproblems

· the skills of project based research, development and presentation

· the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment

· the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.

The qualifications have been devised around the concept of a ‘plan, do, review’approach to learning where learners are introduced to a context for learning,review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and reviewoutcomes and learning. This approachmirrors engineering production and design processes and also provides forlearning in a range of contexts thus enabling learners to apply and extendtheir learning. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in engineering related industries and wider opportunities for progression in to further education, employment or training.