Understand how a variety of mechanical and electrical systems operate through studying the practical applications of physics and maths.

Why study Engineering?

Are you curious how devices and machines work? Engineering lets you study abroad range of topics and offers exciting career opportunities while letting you be creative and explore the world around you.

What will I study?

We study the Extended Certificate in Engineering which is equivalent to one A-level.

Mathematics for Engineering
  • Understand the applications of algebra relevant to engineering problems
  • Be able to understand geometry and graphs in the context of engineering
  • Be able to use trigonometry in the context of engineering problems
  •  Understand calculus relevant to engineering problems.
Science for Engineering
  • Understand the scientific principles of mechanical engineering
  • Understand the scientific principles of electrical engineering
  • Understand the properties of materials
  • Know the basic principles of fluid mechanics
  • Know the basic principles of thermal physics
Principles of Mechanical Engineering
  • Understand systems of forces and types of loading on mechanical components
  • Understand fundamental geometric properties
  • Understand levers, pulleys, and gearing
  • Understand properties of beams
  • Understand principles of dynamic systems
Principles of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Understand fundamental electrical principle
  • Understand alternating voltages and currents
  • Understand electric motors and generators
  • Understand power supplies and power system protection
  • Understand analogous electronics
  • Understand digital electronics

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


The course is 60% examined and 40% internally assessed.

There are four externally examined units and two internally assessed coursework units. 

You can resit exams during the course.

Where could it take me?

The qualification is a demanding alternative to A-level Physics which could lead to success in securing an apprenticeship, direct employment in the engineering sector or a place to study an engineering-related degree course at university if studied alongside A-level Maths.

Subject combinations

Engineering is an excellent subject if you are interested in the practical applications of Physics and Maths and pairs well with Applied Science, IT, Geography, Geology and Computer Science.

What support is available?

The department provides a full set of paper and online resources. Online and in person one-to-one support is offered to students. Sessions are available which expand the scope of the course, as well as those which develop exam technique and re-review the theory. One-to-one project supervision is offered.

What extracurricular activity is available?

Trips and visits to universities and local employers. Guest speakers are booked to inspire students. Engineering project design with local employers to give real world experience of the use of engineering in industry.

Did you know?

The country currently has an estimated shortage of 37,000-59,000 engineers.

The course is excellent preparation for an engineering apprenticeship.