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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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 and 5 Engineering Science
These qualifications have a common theme. The courses have the same content but the level of achievement for the N5 is higher than the N4. This allows for pupils to seamlessly move up, or down, during the delivery of the course as appropriate to their demonstrated ability.
- Engineering: Contexts and challenges;
- Electrical and Electronic systems;
- Mechanical systems; and
- Engineering project.
Success will attract the same number of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) points for each unit but at the two different levels, N4 and N5.
N4 is internally assessed, i.e. by school staff, but is liable for external, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), checking. N5 courses are assessed by external, SQA, examinations.
Engineering: Contexts and challenges:
This Unit provides a broad context for the Course. Initially to develop an understanding of what engineers are and do. Subsequently the role and impact of engineering in changing and influencing our environment and society are explored. It develops an understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineered objects, engineering problems and solutions. This allows the learner to explore some existing and emerging technologies and challenges, and to consider implications relating to the environment, sustainable development, ethical, economic, legal and cultural issues.
Electrical and Electronic Systems:
This Unit explores an appropriate range of key concepts and devices used in electrical and electronic systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems. Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts. This provides learners with a growing understanding of electrical and electronic engineering.
This Unit explores an appropriate range of key concepts involving mechanical systems, such as gears, pneumatics, structures, forces, energy and efficiency. Skills in problem solving and evaluating are developed through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts. This provides learners with a growing understanding of mechanical engineering.
Value Added Unit, Project:
The project is used to assess practical application of knowledge and skills from the Units to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging engineering problem. This will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. The project should clearly demonstrate application of knowledge and skills, at an appropriate level, from both the Electrical and Electronics systems and Mechanical systems Units. Teachers will offer an appropriate level of guidance and support.
Learners’ skills will be accessed in analysing a problem, designing a solution to the problem, simulating or constructing a solution to the problem, and testing and reporting on that solution. The project will be 40% of the total mark. Evidence will include; the completed solution; a record of progress through the assignment and a short report on the testing of the solution. The record and report can be in written, electronic or oral form.
Higher Engineering Science
This course is the natural follow on from the Nation 5. This course stretching pupils that little bit extra provides experience and exposure to modern engineering practices and provide a good grounding in problem solving. Problem solving is a life skill that can be applied in vast range of careers.
In this Course, and its component Units, there will be again an emphasis on skills development and the application of those skills. This Course provides learners with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities, as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.