S3 Engineering Science


What will you study?
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In S3 (BGE) and through to S4 (N5) Engineering Science you will study the following topics:

Digital Electronics Mechanical drive systems Bridge Design Project
Analogue Electronics Pneumatic Systems Wind Turbine Project
Programmable Control Renewable Energy Engineering Contexts
Systems Approach Structures & Materials Engineering & the Environment

Engineering students learn Engineering, mathematical, ICT and problem solving skills that are skills for life and transferable across other subjects in school and beyond. The subject also develops the skill of Engineering report writing.

We have our own web site http://engineering.qahs.org.uk/ dedicated to the course that will give you a better insight in to what we do!

The 3rd year Engineering Science course at Queen Anne is ‘hands on’ projects lead approach that allows pupils to work individually and in groups. Students will:

♦ apply knowledge and understanding of key engineering facts and ideas
♦ understand the relationships between engineering, mathematics and science
♦ apply skills in analysis, design, construction and evaluation to a range of engineering problems
♦ communicate engineering concepts clearly and concisely, using appropriate terminology
♦ develop an understanding of the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society

Our 3rd year Engineering Science course mimics real engineering scenarios and encourages co-operative and collaborative learning approaches which support and encourage learners to achieve their full potential. We have links to local and international engineering companies – Babcock International have helped develop our Wind Turbine project and their graduate engineers come on campus to mentor out students.

Engineering is vital to everyday life; Engineers play key roles in meeting the needs of society in fields which include climate change, medicine, IT, and transport. Our society needs more engineers, and more young people with an informed view of engineering. The Course provides a broad and challenging exploration of engineering. Because of its focus on developing transferable skills, it will be of value to many learners, and particularly beneficial to learners considering a career in Science, Engineering, or one of its many branches.

How will we learn?

Whole-class, direct teaching opportunities are balanced by activity-based learning on practical tasks. An investigatory approach is used, with students actively involved in developing their skills, knowledge and understanding by investigating a range of real-life and relevant engineering systems, problems and solutions.

Which skills will we develop?

The content of the course is intended to develop skills that will help you in the workplace or university when you leave school.  Engineering students develop numeracy skills by learning how to use mathematic equations in context and practical investigative, ICT and problem solving skills, engineering report writing skills,


How will we be assessed?

All worked is internally assessed and will be based on course work Students are given the opportunity to model aspects of a solution to an engineering challenge (related to the project studied) to show how what happens in the classroom relates to the skills and roles of engineers in projects, and to consolidate engineering knowledge and skills.


Engineering Science is a broad spectrum subject which brings a number of numerate and practical topics together. Through an exploration of Technology, Science and Mathematics, real world challenges can be tackled. It is the practical problem solving that makes this subject a stepping stone for a wide variety of careers. The aim is to equip pupils with life skills for their future. The Social, Economic and Environmental advantages and consequences of Engineering are explored at many points during the course.

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What will we learn and why?

Links to SQA website:

As the Curriculum for Excellence is changing rapidly and the following are only a synopsis. The definitive specifications are on the SQA website. To access these use the links below.

National 4

National 5