About the qualification

This is a new subject to us that is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, rather than theoretical learning.  These Cambridge National qualifications fulfill entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE in the Key Stage 4.

Students who want to study materials in a practical way and understand the working properties of woods, metals and polymers will really enjoy this course. It will enable students to work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high-quality products metals and polymers.

Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies.

This Cambridge National qualification will help students develop the knowledge, skills and experience and could potentially open the door to a career in related industries.


What will I study?

Students complete four mandatory units outlined below.  Each unit stands for 25% of the final mark.
Unit 1 R109: Engineering materials, processes and production (externally assessed)
Students develop their understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and how their properties and characteristics impact on a design specification. They also examine different production processes and their applications.
Unit 2 R110: Preparing and planning for manufacture (internally assessed)
Students plan and apply appropriate processes to make pre-production product using hand-held tools, measuring and marking equipment safely. They then carry out a range of manually controlled machining operations and perform quality control checks to review their finished pre-production product.
Unit 3 R111: Computer aided manufacturing (internally assessed) 
Students explore the role of computer applications in the design and manufacture of engineered products by creating computer-aided design (CAD) drawings to produce a batch of computer numerical control (CNC) manufactured examples of a product. They investigate methods used to compare items manufactured by manually controlled and CNC production, and develop their understanding of how computer control is used to produce engineered products in high-volume.
Unit 4 R112: Quality control of engineered products (internally assessed) 
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of the techniques and procedures used, including ‘lean processes’ to ensure the quality of engineered products. They produce and implement a detailed set of procedures for the quality control of engineered products in a ‘real world’ situation involving high-volume manufacture of products.