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Technology - Engineering

Engineering and manufacture in Plymouth and surrounding area, employs around 12% of the workforce, which is the greatest concentration within any city in the south of England outside of London.

We aim to assist the local economy in being able to provide the next generation of engineers and employees from within the local population. There is a national shortage of highly qualified engineering staff, giving us the motivation to offer a high quality engineering pathway in the school from year 7 to year 13.

In Key Stage 4 we start in year 9 on a foundation course which aims to develop specific skills required for entry onto our vocational engineering qualification in year 10. The development of autonomy using workshop equipment forms a large part of year 9, coupled with the development of knowledge of specific engineering materials for commercial contexts.

Technology - Engineering


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Year 9

The development of practical workshop skills in manufacture forms a large part of this foundation year. Students extend their skills and develop more depth in their ability to use tools, machinery and a wide range of equipment to plan and make products of varying complexity. The aim of the foundation course is to allow development of the underpinning skills and understanding of concepts which they will be requiring for developing a broad knowledge of mechanical and commercial principles, which are commonly found in the workplace.

Year 10

Cambridge National Engineering –

· Unit R109 - Development of exam specific knowledge and methods: Materials, Traditional and new processes, automation.

· Unit R110 - Development of practical and portfolio work for assessment in traditional manufacture.

Year 11

Cambridge National Engineering –

· Unit R111 - Assessment of engineering skills in computer aided manufacture

· Unit R112 - Assessment of engineering knowledge of quality control.

· Unit R109 - Development of exam specific content: materials, traditional and new processes, automation.

What methods will be used to assess work, when are key assessment points? etc.

Year 9

50% Coursework Assessment – Practical and Portfolio Practical project work.

50% Technical Knowledge – Unit Tests

Year 10

Unit R110 – Traditional Manufacture Portfolio (25% of final grade)

Unit R111 – Computer Controlled Manufacture Portfolio (25%)

Year 11

Unit R112 – Quality Control Portfolio (25%)

Unit R109 – Written Exam (25%)

The Tor Bridge Greenpower F24 electric racing car project provides a great motivational and aspirational focus for our young engineers. We have many students who have taken an active role in the development of our two school-built, multi award winning cars, with some taking on the challenge of competing against some of the top cars in the country during the South West regional events. Many activities also take place during lunch times, and also after school.


BTec Engineering at Tor Bridge is aimed at learners who may be considering preparing for roles in engineering, for example engineering technician and higher apprenticeships, or students looking to further their knowledge of engineering sectors before choosing a specialist area in which to gain employment, or to study at a higher level. 

Learners gain relevant skills and knowledge from studying a range of content focused on electrical/electronic and mechanical disciplines, for example mechanical and fabrication manufacturing processes and maintenance of mechanical systems. The qualification has been designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for learners who want a strong core of engineering based learning and a focus on the wider engineering industry. It may be complemented with other BTEC Nationals or A Levels or non-qualification elements to support progression to specific job roles or to higher education courses in engineering.

What modules, topics are they covering in this phase and when?

Four units are covered in the extended certificate, and all ten for the Diploma. Various learning methods and facilities are used during the course, from the more formal classroom based lessons, to independent workshop or CAD based project work.

Unit 1: Engineering Principles—Maths and Science

Unit2: Delivery of Engineering Processes as a Team

Unit3: Engineering Product Design

Unit 44: Fabrication Manufacturing Processes

Unit 10 : 3D and 2D Computer Aided Design

Unit 19: Electronic Devices and Circuits

Unit 4 : Commercial and Quality Principles

Unit 5: Specialist Engineering Project

Unit 9: Work Experience in Engineering

Unit 24: Maintenance of Mechanical Systems

What methods will be used to assess work, when are key assessment points? etc.

Unit 1 Engineering Principles – Examination

Unit 3 Engineering Design – 8 hour class based set task (externally marked)

All other units:

Three practical or written assignments per unit, assessed internally with external verification.

Assessment times are spread throughout the two years and fully documented. Assessment plans are published at the start of each year.

Work Experience and company visits form an important part of the BTech engineering courses, to allow a broad and relevant experience of possible career routes and sectors. Alumni student visits also form part of the wider enrichment opportunities that provide a great insight into future careers. We have strong links with organisations such as Plymouth manufacturers group, Applied Automation, Fine Tubes, Princess Yachts, Babcock, and the Royal Navy, and constantly aim to develop further industrial partners to give further enrichment and local relevance to our courses.


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