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Reasons to study this course

  • Those opting for traditional routes such as civil, mechanical and electrical will need to take it alongside A-Level Maths and two other subjects one of which should be STEM (eg. physics, electronics, chemistry or computer science). 
  • Future design engineers may choose to take alongside Product Design, Graphics, Architecture or Fine Art whereas military engineers may find Public Services to be an advantage. 
  • Engineering is also a useful maths based subject to lead into a business career. 
  • Our engineering course is theoretical and similar to maths and physics at GCSE.

What you will need to study this course

  • minimum grade 4 in GCSE Science and English Language
  • minimum grade 5 in GCSE Maths

What you will study

Year 1 (Certificate) – Mathematics for Engineering, Science for Engineering, Principles of Mechanical Engineering.

Year 2 (Extended Certificate) – Principles of Electronic and Electrical Engineering plus coursework units in Electronic Design and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

How you will be assessed

Year 1 – three exams

Year 2 – one exam and two internally-assessed units.

Priestley Extra

Annual trips include Alton Towers and Engineering Your Future where you will have a chance to complete some hands-on activities to find out about the different types of engineering and speak to local employers and universities. Compete in the CityZen Civil Engineering challenge and take apart a Dyson DC39 vacuum to investigate its design features.


Full-time degree courses (A-Levels in Maths and Physics may also be required for more traditional engineering degrees) or directly into an apprenticeship (A-Level maths may be needed for degree level engineering apprenticeships) or job. We have selected coursework units on this programme to equip students to progress into a wide range of engineering apprenticeships or design/computing-based careers. The skills you will develop will be in demand across a range of practical and technical careers.

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