Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow a mixture of food and resistant materials in module. These modules introduce students to the basic food and resistant materials techniques through a wide variety of practical tasks. The main focus is on developing a wide range of skills and knowledge required for GCSE and vocational awards, mostly through hands on making activities. Classes are taught using a variety of different approaches including individual and team work, discussions, individual projects, scientific experiments

The Year 7 curriculum currently includes topics focusing on…

  1. The Eatwell Guide and practical’s associated with the different sections,
  2. Basic Health and safety
  3. Designing and Making using a given design brief

The Year 8 curriculum currently includes topics focusing on…

  1. Afternoon tea – with a look at the history and including key skills in cake and pastry making,
  2. Food Around the World – including sustainability and Fair trade.
  3. Knowledge and Understanding of a wide range of materials in society leading onto the designing and making of a product

Assessment of work in Year 7 and Year 8 is based upon self, peer and teacher assessment of practical work and homework often in the style of flip learning and investigation. Assessment criteria is linked to the Assessment Objectives as set out in KS4 specifications

WJEC Level 1 & 2 Engineering

WJEC Level 1/2 Awards in Engineering offer a learning experience that focuses learning for 14-16 year olds through applied learning, i.e. acquiring and applying knowledge, skills and understanding through purposeful tasks set in sector or subject contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work.

The qualification is built from discrete units, but allows for both synoptic learning and assessment. Each unit has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose is the vehicle through which the learning contained in the unit is made relevant and purposeful. It is also the means by which learners are enthused, engaged and motivated to study engineering. The applied purpose provides the opportunity for authentic work related learning, but more than this, it will require learners to consider how the use and application of their learning impacts on individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project based research, development and presentation
  • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.

The qualification structure is:

WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Engineering

Unit number

Unit title




Engineering design




Producing engineering products




Solving engineering problems




Unit 1 (9791) Engineering Design and Unit 2 (9792) Producing Engineering Products

These two units are assessed through summative controlled assessment.

  • Each internally assessed unit must be assessed independently.
  • Learners may produce a piece of evidence that contributes to assessment criteria for more than one unit. This is acceptable provided it can be clearly attributed to a specified assessment criterion and has been produced under the appropriate controlled conditions for each unit.
  • Performance bands are provided for Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit and Level 2 Distinction. Evidence must clearly show how the learner has met the standard for the higher grades.

Unit 3 (9793) Solving Engineering Problems

Solving Engineering Problems will be set and marked externally assessed.

90 minute examination;

  • Total of 60 marks;
  • Three questions on each paper;
  • Short and extended answer questions, based on stimulus material and applied contexts;
  • Each question will have an applied problem solving scenario;
  • One question will have a scenario from which a series of discrete, specific problems need to be addressed;
  • Each paper will have questions that address at least two of mechanical, electronic and structural engineering problems;
  • At least 10 marks will be awarded for demonstrating drawing skills;
  • Available in June of each year; • Learners are allowed one re-sit opportunity. The highest grade will contribute towards the overall grade for the qualification;
  • WJEC will produce a mark scheme which will be used as the basis for marking the examination papers;
  • Graded Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit and Level 2 Distinction.

Summary of Assessment:

To achieve a full award the candidate must achieve all three. Unit 9791 Engineering Design and Unit 9792 Producing Engineering Products Both of these units are internally assessed under controlled conditions.

This overall course is graded as:

  • Level 1 Pass
  • Level 2 Pass
  • Level 2 Merit
  • Level 2 Distinction

Useful External links and Resources

WJEC Exam Board: Follow the link below to the WJEC website where the exam specification can be found. Also sample exam papers can be found on this site, and a series of useful power-point presentations show examples of the units covered in this exam series.


Pugh S (1991) Total Design Addison Wesley Publishers ISBN 9780201416398 Neil Phelps and Colin Simmons (2007) Revised Drawing Practice BS 8888:2006 3 rd Edition ISBN 978-0-580-50868-4 Dick Powell (1990) Presentation Techniques Little, Brown & CompanyISBN-13: 978- 0316912433 Koos Eissen, Roselien Steur (2007) Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers Bis Publishers ISBN-13: 978-9063691714

Websites N+SHEETS+MEL02INF2430+v1.1.pdf

What can I do next?

The successful completion of this qualification, together with other equivalent qualifications, such as maths and sciences, could provide the learner with opportunities to access a range of qualifications including GCE, apprenticeships, vocationally related and occupational qualifications. These include:

  • GCEs in Physics or D and T
  • Diplomas in Engineering

Apprenticeships in Engineering