Years 10 & 11 Curriculum

Crewe Engineering & Design UTC Year 10 and 11 Curriculum Overview


Our curriculum for Year 10 and 11 will require all students:

  • to study for a minimum of eight GCSE or equivalent Technical Award qualifications
  • to study a core subject curriculum at GCSE level consisting of: maths, English Language, ‘double’ science.
  • to study a minimum of two (GCSE equivalent) Technical Award qualifications in Engineering and Design
  • to collaborate and contribute to a series of major engineering and design projects, as well as relevant research and development projects in science.
  • to study Religious Education, citizenship, sex and health education
  • to participate in PE and sport


Furthermore, in personalising programmes to accommodate different interests and abilities, we will provide the opportunity (option) for students:

  • to gain the full English Baccalaureate by opting to study Geography and a modern foreign language
  • to study GCSEs in: Computer Science, a third science and English Literature

The subjects on offer will be kept under regular review to make sure they meet the needs of our students, industry and national requirements.

Subject Breakdown

GCSE English Language (AQA)

In GCSE English Language, students will use a range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as a reading stimulus, and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts.

For GCSE English Language students should:

  • Read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • Read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • Summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • Use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken standard English effectively


All texts in examinations will be unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

1 hour 45 minutes – 80 marks – 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspective

Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

1 hour 45 minutes – 80 marks – 50% of GCSE

Non examination assessment: Spoken Language

Assessed on presenting, responding to questions and feedback, and use of standard English.

The teacher sets this throughout the course and is marked by them. This assessment if a separate endorsement and has 0% weighting of GCSE.

GCSE English Literature (AQA)

In GCSE English Literature students will study one play, one 19th century novel, one modern text and seen and unseen poetry.

The course encourages students to:

  • Read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • Read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • Appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • Write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • Acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.


All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.

All assessments are compulsory.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19thcentury novel

Section A: Shakespeare – Students will answer one question on their play of choice

Section B: The 19th century novel – Students will answer one question on their novel of choice

1 hour 45 minute – 64 marks – 40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

Section A: Modern texts – Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their modern prose of drama text

Section B: Poetry – Students will answer one comparative question on one names poem printed on the paper, and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C: Unseen Poetry – Students will answer one question on one unseen poem, and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem

2 hours 15 minutes – 96 marks – 60% of GCSE

GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel)

The new Edexcel GCSE mathematics course is taught to students in Year 10 & 11 and examinations take place at the end of Year 11.

There are two tiers of entry for the new GCSE.

Higher : Grades available are 5 – 9.

Foundation : Grades available are 1 – 5.

Entry to the Higher or Foundation Tier is dependent on the progress of students during Year 10 and 11, however it is the aim of the UTC for as many students as possible to be entered for the Higher Tier.

If you compare the old GCSE grades (A* – G) with the new grades, grade 4 is equivalent to a grade C and grade 7 is equivalent to an A.


In addition, for students with the intention of studying A Level Mathematics in VI Form, we offer the AQA Level 2 Course in Further Mathematics.

This course emphasises higher order technical proficiencies, problem solving skills and rigorous argument. Students are introduced to calculus and matrices, and develop further their skills in trigonometry, graphs and functions.

Students will be selected to follow this course, alongside the standard GCSE in Mathematics, if they are capable of achieving Grade 7 or higher. They will take the exam at the end of year 11 and students can achieve Grades A* – C, with exceptional performances given an A* with Distinction Award.

For other students, an additional GCSE in statistics is offered which enhances their knowledge of statistical techniques, and their abilities in assessing probabilities and risks of given events in addition to those studied in the new GCSE in mathematics.





Major Projects with our employers and Manchester Met University


A unique and important element of the students’ experience at Crewe Engineering & Design UTC is their involvement in the Major Projects. Students will work in Project Teams to identify, explore and evaluate possible solutions to a real-life engineering problem. Working closely with employers and the University, Project Teams will justify and develop their best solution.  On project completion, students in their teams, will present their Project Outcome to a large and informed audience, including the employer.

These projects will deepen and enrich learning from across the curriculum while building crucial professional skills and characteristics. All students at Crewe Engineering & Design UTC will, at an appropriate point, take the opportunity to lead their team in at least one Major Project.


Moving on to our sixth-form


After two years, with the right grades, our students will be able to progress into our sixth-form to study GCE A Level Maths, one or two (A Level equivalent) Technical Levels in more advanced areas of Engineering and Design, and choose from a further range of A Levels such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Graphic Design or Further Maths.  For students not yet ready to study a full (Level 3) programme of A Levels or Technical Levels, more individual programmes will be designed, which include further study of Maths and Science (at an appropriate level) together with new Technical Certificate courses in more specialised areas of Engineering and Design.  Every effort will be made, within the resources available, to ensure our students can continue into the sixth-form on an appropriate course.

Major projects with employers will continue in the sixth-form. One of these will be developed further in Year 13 and entered for the Extended Project Award.  As a consequence those students passing A Level Maths, a Technical Level in Engineering.


For curriculum enquiries please contact Beth on 01270 218250 or


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