Yvonne Howells - Head of Department

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The subject is taught in the Design and Technology building. We use the Design studio for theory lessons and Computer Aided Design tasks allowing pupils to use the computers and desk areas. Practical skills are developed in the machine workshop and welding room which are fully furnished with fabrication equipment, lathes, pillar drills, welders and hand tools.


The BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Engineering is a vocational course that offers a variety of practical work where the learner will gain the underpinning theoretical and practical knowledge required to work in the engineering environment.


In Year 10 pupils complete two units, including The Engineering World. This is an online, externally-assessed unit. Pupils learn about Engineering sectors, Health and Safety, manufacturing processes and materials including modern and composites. They also study scales of production, the sustainability of engineered products and environmental issues including renewable energy processes. They work on tasks individually and develop group research skills. The best way for pupils to learn this knowledge is by applying and developing skills through practical, hands-on experiences. Unit 2 is also completed in Year 10. For this unit, pupils are given a tool that they can disassemble and are required to investigate the materials used in the manufacturing processes of the product this includes quality control and quality assurance that have to be put in place. This unit is a non-examinable unit of work.

In Year 11, pupils then develop their practical skills further and apply them to the final unit of work which is machining techniques. Pupils will be given two Engineering drawings and asked to write step by step processes of how they would manufacture the products using machines such as the pillar drill and a centre lathe. Pupils learn how to read tapping and speed charts so they can set parameter on these machines and select the required cutting tools. Pupils keep a photographic and written log of evidence showing processes they use and then evaluate the products made using inspection sheets and produce a presentation of their work to the class.



Pupils that follow this course often go onto our Sixth Form and follow the A Level Product Design course, go to college or become apprentices in this area.


We offer a variety of opportunities for Engineers to experience and develop problem solving skills by participating in West Wales School STEM challenges.
These are often situated at Welsh stadiums and universities, allowing pupils to start thinking of their future education opportunities.
Pupils participate in the school Eisteddfod competitions and in year 10 use hand processing skills to produce a crown for the presentation ceremony.