Post 16 course Engineering at George Salter Academy, West Bromwich

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George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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BTEC National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level)

These qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. Students will complete from 3 to 12 units depending on the level they have chosen. Each unit has a combination of theory and practical elements linked to a range of industrial partners such as Balfour Beatty and Jaguar Land Rover.

Exam board/specification

Pearson Edexcel

Entry requirements

It is recommended that candidates have attained GCSE Mathematics C or GCSE Product Design C.

Progression routes from this course

Vocational pathway: BTEC Higher National qualifications or gain employment through apprenticeships

Applied qualification pathway: Advanced Diploma, Foundation degree, and apprenticeships

University: study design or engineering

Careers: Engineering is a huge career family with a lot of different jobs, but many of them involve machines and practical processes. So if you like working with your hands and understanding how things work you might want to explore jobs from Acoustics consultant and CAD technician to aerospace engineer and naval architect.

Year 1

    Unit 1 – Engineering Principles
    120 Guided Learning Hours Externally Assessed

    In this unit learners apply mathematical and physical science principles to solve electrical, electronic and mechanical based engineering problems.

    Unit 2 – Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
    60 Guided Learning Hours Internally Assessed

    In this unit learners explore how processes are undertaken by teams to create engineered products safely.

Year 1 Assessment

    Unit 1
    A 2 hour exam comprising of short answer questions and extended response tasks responding to mathematical and scientific based engineering problems.

    Unit 2
    A group manufacturing task which uses a range of machinery and equipment which is supported by a written assignment looking at the Health and Safety legislation which industry must conform to.


Year 2

    Unit 3 – Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
    120 Guided Learning Hours Externally Assessed

    In this unit learners will explore engineering product design and manufacturing processes and activities that consider function, sustainability, materials, form and other factors.

    Unit 10 – Computer Aided Design in Engineering
    60 Guided Learning Hours Externally Assessed

    In this unit learners develop two-dimensional detailed drawings and three-dimensional models using a computer aided design system.

Year 2 Assessment

    Unit 3
    Learners will be given a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period, to carry out three hours of preparation. Learners will complete a task that will require them to follow a standard development process of interpreting a brief, scoping initial design ideas, preparing a design proposal and evaluating their proposal.

    Unit 10
    An assignment where learners are given a range of design problems which they must solve using computer aided design software both in 2D and 3D which meets British Standards.


Exam results 2015 2016
BTEC 37.5% Distinction*;
18.75% Distinction;
43.75% Merit
80% Distinction*
Table of Engineering exam results 2015-2016



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