Aims of the Department
Engineering 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.
Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present engineering, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
High-quality engineering education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.
Strengths of the Department
The Engineering department offers the pupils the opportunity to work in several different areas of Engineering. In all of these areas the teaching styles involve a formal delivery by the teacher of the knowledge, skills and principles that are integral to the specific Engineering subject area and project. Students will then use these skills to work independently or in teams to solve engineering problems or to manufacture products and prototypes.
The department has forged extremely strong relationships with Manchester University and regularly run workshops for our KS3 pupils. Our Sixth form students often visit the University to use their facilities as part of the units they study.
We also have some very strong links with engineering companies and individuals currently working in many different engineering sectors. We regularly have guest speakers visiting the department to talk to our pupils and have recently had visits to Tesla Manchester, Manchester Airport, Lucid Group, Aecom and Graham Construction.
As part of our role as a teaching school, the Food Technology subject area has recently become a local base for hosting meetings and conferences for schools involved in teaching Food Preparation and Nutrition.
The department also runs a selection of extremely popular after school clubs offering a wide range of extra curriculum enrichments.
KS3 Engineering Curriculum
The KS3 curriculum at Trinity is based on a carousel system where the pupils experience a broad selection of different disciplines in Engineering.
They complete projects based in the subject areas of: Food Technology, Textile Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Robotics, Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing.
KS4 Engineering Curriculum
The Engineering department offers a portfolio of three different options across the subject areas in KS4:
- AQA Design and Technology (Textiles)
This GCSE qualification is made up of 50% No- Examined Assessment (NEA) work and a final exam worth 50%. The students will complete small design and make textile projects throughout year 10. They will learn core and specialist technical principles relevant to Design Technology.
NEA tasks are given out during the summer term in Y10. The students then progress through the course to produce a design folder and a manufactured textile prototype.
- AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition
This course consists of 2 Non Examined Assessment tasks (50%) and a final written exam (50%).
Task 1: Food investigation. This covers the understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
Task 2: Food preparation assessment. This covers skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than 3 hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved
- BTEC Tech Award Engineering
Students will complete 3 components.
Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications.
The students will: Understand engineering sectors, products and organisations, and how they interrelate. Explore Engineering Skills through the design process.
Component 2: Investigating an Engineered Project.
The students will: Understand materials, components and processes for a given engineered product. Investigate a given engineered product using disassembly techniques. Plan the manufacture of and safely reproduce a given engineered component.
Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief.
The students will: Carry out a process to meet the needs of an engineering brief. Provide a design solution for an engineered product against the needs of an engineering brief. Provide solutions to meet the needs of an engineering brief.
KS5 Engineering Curriculum
For students looking for a future career in engineering, our BTEC in Engineering will open the door to a world of possibilities. Students will build a foundation of knowledge about the theory behind the principles used within the industry and have opportunities to put this to practice in the workshop and CAD/CAM rooms. For aspiring professional engineers, supervisors or managers, students will learn how to apply maths and physics in an engineering environment and develop strong links with our employer partners such as Aecom, Lucid Group and the University of Manchester. The course provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the design, development and manufacture of engineering products.
This qualification is aimed at giving students a wider view of the sector, which can include elements of mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering. This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to confirm that the content is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector.
The L3 Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to 2 A-levels) qualification provides students with an array of experiences and skills covered in the following units:
- Engineering Principles
- Delivery of Engineering Processes Safely as a Team
- Engineering Product Design and Manufacture
- Applied Commercial and Quality Principles in Engineering
- A Specialist Engineering Project.
- Computer Aided Design in Engineering
- Electronic Devices and Circuits
- Electronic Printed Circuit Board Design and Manufacture
- Mechanical Behaviour of Metallic Materials
- Modern Manufacturing Systems
Students who choose this qualification must have a minimum grade 5 in English, Maths and Science.