Year 10 Options 2017/18

Year 10 Options

The following subject options are available to students joining Crewe Engineering and Design for 2017/18.

Engineering Manufacture (OCR National)

If students choose to study Engineering Manufacture they will look at different engineering practices and processes using the tools, machines and equipment that turn raw materials into new products. Our fantastic engineering workshop and design space allows you access to the tools and equipment (this includes CAD/CAM applications and CNC equipment) you need to make products from the requirements of a design specification.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 4 units:

R109 – Engineering materials, processes and production (Written Paper)

R110 – Preparing and planning for manufacture (Centre Assessed Task)

R111 – Computer Aided manufacture (Centre Assessed Task)

R112 – Quality control of engineered products (Centered Assessed Task)

Engineering Design (OCR National)

This options allows students the opportunity to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineering products. They will learn practical skills such as drawing, computer modeling and model making to communicate design ideas. They’ll also engage in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of models.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 4 units:

R105 – Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements (Written Paper)

R106 – Product analysis and research (Centre Assessed Task)

R107 – Developing and presenting engineering designs

R108 – 3D Design realisation

Engineering Systems and Control (OCR National)

In Engineering, systems control is the study of microprocessor control that uses sensors, feedback and actuators that constantly adjust for a desired performance. Students will explore these computer and microprocessor applications and learn how systems are used in engineering environments such as products design, automated manufacturing, maintenance and stock control. They will also take part in engaging practical tasks such as producing simple electronics circuits, testing the operation of circuits, and designing and testing a simple control system.

Unit Breakdown

Student will study 4 units:

R113 – Electronic Principals (Written Paper)

R114 – Simulate, construct and test electronic circuits (Centre Assessment Task)

R115 – Engineering applications of computers

R116 – Process control systems

Materials Technology (AQA Technical Award)

If students choose materials technology, they will develop a working knowledge of the material properties of wood, metals and polymers, and understand the skills required to use these materials in an imaginative way. Students will also learn about commercial practice and careers in related industries. This option will allow development in transferable skills such as teamwork and communication, and the majority of the subject will be delivered through the practical application of knowledge and understanding.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 3 units:

Unit 1 – Skill demonstration (Centre Assessed – 30% of overall qualification)

Unit 2 – Extended making project (Centre Assessed – 30% of overall qualifaction)

Unit 3 – Fundamentals of material technology (Written Examination – 40% of overall qualification)

Visual Communication (AQA Technical Award)

This technical award will enable students to demonstrate their practical skills and experience in a similar way to those developing materials in the industry. During this course students will make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure the product is fit for purpose. They will also have opportunities to use traditional skills and modern technologies, including digital applications.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 3 units:

Unit 1 – Skills demonstration (Centre Assessed – 30% of overall qualification)

Unit 2 – Extended making project (Centre Assessed – 30% of overall qualification)

Unit 3 – Fundamentals of visual communication (Written Examination – 40% of overall qualification)

Textiles and 3D (GCSE)

During this course students will learn through practical experience and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources that inform their creative intentions. These should be realised through engagement with visual language, visual concepts, media, materials and the application of appropriate techniques and working methods. Students will develop and apply relevant subject-specific skills to use visual language to communicate personal ideas, meanings and responses. Overtime they must be able to critically reflect upon their creative journey and its effectiveness in relation to their personal intentions. Students will develop their art and design skills through 3D art, graphical communication and textiles.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 2 units:

Unit 1 – Design a portfolio of sustained tasks (60% of overall assessment)

Unit 2 – Externally set assignment encouraging a creative response to a set design brief (40% of overall qualification)

Business Studies (WJEC Eduqas GCSE 9-1)

This GCSE specification introduces learners to the business world, empowering them to develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, enabling them to use business information critically, to develop arguments, to make justified decisions and to prepare them for further study and career pathways.

The focus of the specification is to introduce and nurture an enthusiasm for studying business in a range of contexts. Students will appreciate how businesses operate in a dynamic and competitive environment and develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business functions from a local to a global perspective.

Students choosing to study GCSE Business Studies will learn to develop a range of skills and knowledge. The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in business encourages learners to:

  • Know and understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, the integrated nature of business activity and the impact of business on individuals and wider society
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to contemporary business issues and to different types and sizes of businesses in local, national and global contexts
  • Develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively to demonstrate business acumen, and draw on evidence to make informed business decisions and solve business problems
  • Develop as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Use an enquiring, critical approach to make informed judgements
  • investigate and analyse real business opportunities and issues to construct well- argued, well-evidenced, balanced and structured arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of business
  • Develop and apply quantitative skills relevant to business, including using and interpreting data

Examination Breakdown

Students studying this qualification will be formally assessed at the end of Year 11 via two written exams:

Component 1: Business Dynamics

Written examination: 2 hours

A mix of short answer and structured questions based on stimulus material covering all of the specification content

Component 2: Business Considerations

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Data response questions covering all of the specification content


Geography (AQA)

The geography curriculum focuses on physical and human geography and allows students to look in to the links between them both, and investigate the battles between man-made and natural worlds.There will be three examinations in Geography, all of which are taken at the end of Year 11. There is no longer a Controlled Assessment in the new GCSE syllabus, which means everything the students have studied will be examined at the end of KS4. The students will do two field works; one physical and one human.

Examination Breakdown:

Paper 1: Living with the physical environment

Written exam – 1 hour 30 minutes – 88 marks – 35% weighting

  • Section A: The Challenge of the natural hazards
  • Section B: The Living World
  • Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

Paper 2: Challenges in the human environment

Written exam – 1 hour 30 minutes – 88 marks – 35% weighting

  • Section A: Urban issues and challenges
  • Section B: The changing economic world
  • Section C: The challenge of resource management

Paper 3: Geographical applications

Written exam – 1 hour 15 minutes – 76 marks – 30% weighting
Geographical skills are assessed in all three papers.


German GCSE (AQA)

If students choose to take GCSE German they will study three themes with several topics within those themes. Students will be expected to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where German is spoken.

You will take four questions papers which include reading, writing, listening and speaking, and all the themes below apply to all four question papers.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

This theme covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in German-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

This covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

This covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


ICT (Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications)

Students opting to study this qualification will be expected to demonstrate several key engineering related competences including:

  • Project Management
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Organisation Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Planning Skills

Students will also need to demonstrate the ability to produce a range of digital prodcuts from their concept designs through to their finally fully-functional digital creations.

Unit Breakdown

Developing Web Products – This unit aims to give students the knowledge and skills needed to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by the exam board.

Creative Multimedia – This unit aims to give students the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences. Students will learn how to create and use:

  • Storyboards and visuals to map out the intended layout and content of each screen
  • Timeline storyboards to map out the intended content and structure of time-related products
  • Structure charts or site maps to provide a graphical representation of the overall structure of the product
  • Flowcharts to indicate the paths that the user can take through the product.
  • A range of software packages in order to create and test their multimedia products.


This qualification provides a broad and solid foundation for further study of various aspects of creative computing, such as graphic design, web design and interactive media. It supports progress to further study, including:

  • Level 3 in TBA
  • A Level Business Studies

It also enhances young people’s overall digital literacy and gives them a solid foundation for further study, apprenticeship and employment.


If you have any queries about the subject options, please call 01270 218150 or email





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