At Lincoln UTC we offer students the opportunity to study the subject of engineering in depth and within excellent facilities. Our workshops replicate those found in the workplace, and are furnished with a wide range of industry grade equipment. In 2019-2020 all pupils achieved at least merit grades, and 60% achieved a distinction in the KS5 BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma. Exam results, over the years, have been significantly better than national average. Our staffing team consists of six engineers and a technician, all with different academic backgrounds and industry experience.

A range of qualifications are on offer within the department including Cambridge Nationals, GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs. As well as providing a wide range of academic courses, we also organise a variety of extracurricular activities and projects such as the Royal Navy Challenge, VEX Robotics, Green Power, F1 in school and the Ventura Design Competition (provided by the Design Museum).

KS4 - OCR Cambridge Nationals in Engineering & GCSE Product Design

All students at KS4 will have six lessons of engineering a week, and study OCR Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design and Engineering Manufacture. As an optional subject, students can also choose to complete a Cambridge National in Engineering Systems and Control or a GCSE in Product Design. Cambridge National qualifications are equivalent to GCSEs. From the start of year 10, we develop and enhance the skills required to be successful engineers, focusing specifically on ensuring safe practice of manufacturing techniques.

Engineering Design - Cambridge National (GCSE equivalent)

Built up from 3 coursework units (R106, R107 & R108) and a 1hr exam (R105) worth 25% each. Exams sat in January with a second opportunity in June. Engineering Design is focused on analysing existing products (R106), designing both using sketches and 3D CAD modelling new products (R107) & modelling prototypes of the designs using equipment such as the 3D printers and laser cutter (R108). Recently the products we have analysed and designed have been portable MP3 speakers. The exam (R105) will cover basic theory of design such as the design cycle, sustainability and key terms. The overall final grade is calculated using an average of all 4-unit components.

Engineering Manufacture - Cambridge National (GCSE equivalent)

Built up from 3 coursework units (R110, R111 & R112) and a 1hr exam (R109) worth 25% each. Exams sat in January with a second opportunity in June. Manufacturing is focused on using equipment such as the centre lathe’s and the vertical mills to create products manually (R110), creating products using computer numerical control (CNC) (R111) & understanding and assessing the quality of manufactured products (R112). The exam (R109) will cover basic theory of manufacturing such as manufacturing processes, materials and key terms.

Engineering Systems & Control - Cambridge National (GCSE equivalent) 

Built up from 3 coursework units (R114, R115 & R116) and a 1hr exam (R113) worth 25% each. Exams sat in January with a second opportunity in June. Systems and control focuses on electronics and design and manufacture of circuit boards (R114), how computers are used in engineering (R115) and the use of programable logic control (R116). The exam (R113) will cover basic theory of electronics such as the components and their symbols, ohms law & common circuits.

GCSE Design & Technology 

Built up from an exam worth 50% and a major project (non examined assessment - NEA) also worth 50%. GCSE D&T covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using woods, metals and plastics. As well as learning hand skills, students will use a range of industrial processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of two years students will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to 3D Product Design. The course covers knowledge of woods, metals, plastics, textiles, graphics and systems & controls but specialises in woods, metals and plastics. 

KS5 - BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma & A Level Product Design 

Students in KS5 can study triple engineering and work towards the Pearson Edexcel BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels. For this vocational route there are fifteen lessons a week. Those following an A Level route of study can choose A Level Product Design as an option, and expect five lessons a week.

KS5 have the ability to work within the engineering department during non-contact time with a dedicated work room and supervised access to workshops. Class size is small compared to many colleges in the country and students will often receive additional one-to-one support.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to 3 A-levels) 

The course is built up from 15 units covering a wide range of engineering topics allowing for students to gain a broad and thorough understanding of the subject, including:

Unit 1 – Principles of Engineering (externally assessed exam 1.5hrs)

Unit 2 – Delivery of engineering processes safely as a team 

Unit 3 – Engineering product design and manufacture (externally assessed set task 8hrs) 

Unit 4 – Applied commercial and quality principles in engineering 

Unit 5 – A specialist engineering project 

Unit 6 – Microcontrollers systems for engineers (externally assessed set task 10hrs) 

Unit 7 – Calculus to solve engineering problems 

Unit 9 – Work experience in the engineering sector 

Unit 10 – Computer aided design (CAD) in engineering 

Unit 21 – Electronic measurement and testing of circuits 

Unit 22 – Electronic printed circuit board (PCB) design and manufacture 

Unit 24 – Maintenance of mechanical systems 

Unit 25 – Mechanical behaviour of metallic materials 

Unit 41 – Manufacturing secondary machining processes 

Unit 43 – Manufacturing computer numerical control (CNC) machining processes

A Level Product Design

This course is built up of 2 externally assessed exams and an iterative design project (non examined assessment - NEA). 

Exam 1 - Principles of Product Design – 1hr 30min – 80 marks (27% of overall grade)  

Exam 2 – Problem solving in Product Design – 1hr 45min – 70 marks (23% of overall grade)  

NEA – Iterative Design Project – 65hrs (Approx.) – 100 marks (50% of overall grade) 

The 2 examined elements will cover a range of theory around product design as a subject including; design process, the design cycle, fashion and trends, styles, iconic designs & designers, ethical and environmental considerations, legislations, communication of design, materials, prototyping & manufacture. 

The NEA is where students can address a design problem that they themselves identify and develop their own project to product a solution to the problem they have investigated. This project allows a huge amount of freedom for the students to take ownership of their work and produce products individual to them. Within the project students will research and investigate their problem, create sketches and development drawing of design solutions, use CAD to create a 3D virtual model, use modelling techniques including 3D printing laser cutting and hand tools to create physical prototype models and finally test and evaluated the success of the design outcome.