BTEC Engineering

The Engineering sector continues to suffer from a skills gap and needs to keep up with rapidly developing technologies. The BTEC Extended Certificate that the Technology Department offers has been designed to develop the knowledge and specific skills required to follow a path towards a variety of engineering disciplines.

Students follow a two year course of study that consists of four units focusing on 3 compulsory areas (engineering principles, delivery of engineering processes safely as a team and engineering product design and manufacture) and one optional (work experience in the engineering sector). A range of skills are developed throughout the course, especially the ability to communicate clearly when writing technical reports.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, construction, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation

Curriculum Intention:

  1. To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  2. To build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  1. To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  2. To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  3. To highlight the importance of STEM and STEM careers so students can make informed decisions and gain access to the next stage of work life after education.

Curriculum Implementation:

See Curriculum Map below.


St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of pupil progress

Progress in:

  1. Students will learn to use research and exploration skills to identify and solve their own design problems.
  2. Students will learn how to develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations and use a variety of approaches, to generate creative ideas.
  3. Students will develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools.
  4. Students will be able to select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture. They will also be able to select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties.
  5. Students will analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding and investigate new and emerging technologies
  6. Students will test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups. They will also understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists
  7. Students will be able to understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions. The will also be able to understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force
  8. Students will develop an understanding of how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products. They will also be able to apply computing and use electronics to embed intelligence in products that respond to inputs and control outputs using programmable components
  9. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of nutrition, health and food hygiene
  10. Students will be able to cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
  11. Students will become competent in a range of cooking techniques
  12. Students will understand the source and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.

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