Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing

For first teaching from September 2017

This curriculum provides a great foundation for the aspiring engineers of the future.

Andrew Murdock
Senior Performance Engineer, Williams Formula 1 Racing

A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE in Engineering and Manufacturing is unique in the UK. It encourages students to be innovative and creative, and to take design risks. It provides them with knowledge and understanding of the contribution that engineering and manufacturing make to society and the economy. Topics include engineering and manufacturing materials and systems, commercial and industrial issues, emerging technologies, environmental issues and sustainable development.

Through its focus on interpreting technical drawings, using manufacturing tools and processes, and using computer-aided design, this specification has a hands-on approach that relates directly to the engineering and manufacturing industries. It provides students with a good foundation for progressing to apprenticeships or further education in areas such as electrical and electronic engineering, electrical installation, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, and fabrication and welding engineering.

This qualification also builds towards a career in a directly related area such as manufacturing, engineering, electronic engineering or product design, or an area such as health and safety.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Engineering and Manufacturing is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Design
  • Unit 2: Production
  • Unit 3: Materials, Processes and Systems.

(PDF), Last Updated: 16 June 2017

Related Circulars

S/IF/60/18 - October 2018 - Instructions to Teachers: October 2018 Uploads
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 November 2018

S/IF/05/18 - Submission of Revised GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 January 2018

GCSE Assessment Arrangements
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

S/IF/34/19 - May 2019 - Submission of Revised GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

S/IF/31/19 - April 2019 - GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing Unit 2: Collection date
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 April 2019

S/IF/09/19 - Engineering and Manufacturing Promotional Leaflet & Connections with Industry Framework
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 February 2019

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 June 2017

Controlled Assessment

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Past Papers

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