Engineering VCERT (NCFE)

The sky’s the limit. Engineering is an increasingly innovative and exciting area to work in. It affects every aspect of modern life – from skyscrapers to smart phones, cars to carrier bags. This GCSE introduces students to a host of new technologies, helping them to gain practical skills and understanding to inspire a lifelong interest in engineering. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy being creative, with an affinity for drawing, design, maths and problem-solving.

The Application of skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context will be thoroughly tested throughout this course where analytical and evaluative working will need to be evident. This is a very mathematical and problem solving qualification where testing of materials, processes, calculations of various costs, whilst developing an awareness of factors which influence design.

The course content

  • Understand engineering disciplines
  • Understand how science and maths are applied in engineering
  • Understand how to read engineering drawings
  • Understand properties and characteristics of engineering
    materials and know why specific materials are selected for engineering applications
  • Understand engineering tools, equipment and machines
  • Produce hand-drawn engineering drawings
  • Produce Computer Aided Design (CAD) engineering drawings
  • Demonstrate production planning techniques
  • Demonstrate processing skills and techniques applied to materials for a manufacturing task


40% - Examination: Engineering (90 minutes external examination)

Written exam: students will need to apply their understanding of all materials covered including, electronics and mechanics within given practical contexts.

60% - Practical Engineering project (internal assessment)

Students will complete a Synoptic Project in which they will apply knowledge gained throughout the course content to produce engineering drawings or schematics to communicate a solution to the given brief before producing an engineering/solution product that solves the given problem. 


Students will achieve a qualification that is relevant to the needs of the engineering industries, placing them in a sound position for progression to further study at A Level and equipping them with relevant employment skills. 

Start Date

July 2020

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level

Technical Award