Engineering (Level 3 Foundation Technical)

Why study engineering?

Engineering will appeal to you if you enjoy learning about a wide range of sectors, and are considering a career or further study in an engineering discipline. You will learn about how electrical, electronic and mechanical systems work, apply engineering theory to real-life examples and tackle problem solving challenges.

Technical levels are designed as specialist qualifications for students who have a clear view of their future career or are seeking progression to higher education. Technical Levels are equivalent to A-Levels and are highly valued by universities, further education colleges and employers alike.

What will I learn about?

• Materials technology and science
This unit develops your understanding of the materials used in engineering products and the scientific principles engineers use to identify which materials are the most suitable.

• Mechanical systems
The purpose of this unit is to give you a practical understanding of mechanical systems. This includes different types of mechanical systems and their typical applications, how these systems are designed, and how they and their component parts function.

• Engineering design
You will develop an understanding of the engineering design process, using industry standard tools and techniques to deliver an engineering design from start to finish.

• Production and manufacturing
The purpose of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the range of manufacturing processes and systems relevant to the production of multiple components. You will develop a production plan, schedule the production and work as part of a team to manufacture the batch of products.

How will I be assessed?
• Practical work • Written assessment • Discussion sessions

Future pathways and careers
• Electronic engineer • Mechanical engineering technician • Electrical engineering technician • CAD operator

Entry requirements
Level 2 in engineering merit.
For students who have not studied engineering before, GCSE grade B in science, or GCSE grade 6 in maths.

Examination board: AQA
Specification: Level 3 Foundation Technical Level Engineering (TVQ01019)