Exam Board – AQA

Qualification – Level 3 Foundation Technical Level (TVQ01018)

Entry requirements – 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4, including a grade 5 in a design and technology subject, a grade 5 in science, a grade 5 in English and a grade 5 in maths

Course specification

This qualification is on par with A Levels and has been built in close collaboration with employers and professional bodies to ensure they have necessary recognition and value. Students will study a range of engineering disciplines and processes. The course is split into 4 units covering – materials technology and science, mechanical systems, engineering design and
production and manufacturing.

“The course allowed me to explore a wide range of engineering processes and I learnt to use software and equipment which I didn’t think I would be able to. It has given me loads of confidence and I am really excited about my future as an engineer.”

– Student

Engineering at Tuxford is an exciting and stimulating course which brings together theory and practical assessment to create an engaging journey for students. All learners have access to a range of both traditional and modern engineering manufacturing equipment and machinery and will be expected to competently utilise these in order to achieve. Students will also be required to learn high level CAD/CAM skills as well as working as a team to produce components.

The mixture of exam (25%) and coursework (75%) based assessment enables students to explore a wide range of processes and equipment in order to develop solutions to problems. A core feature of the course is close involvement with local engineering companies – this offers a real world insight into potential careers and employment opportunities whilst adding relevance to the topics studied.

Assessment is done both internally and externally with materials technology set as an exam in year 12 and the other three units set as coursework. There is also the opportunity to resit the materials exam if students do not achieve their full potential on the first attempt.

What doors does this open up for me?

With the international recognition of engineering courses such as this, you can progress straight  into employment or further study. Engineering is a respected qualification in any arena and will demonstrate to universities and employers alike that candidates have good problem solving, analytical and practical skills. There are also a range of potential careers to explore within any engineering discipline. For example: aerospace, mechanical, chemical, electrical, manufacturing, motorsport, and nuclear.