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Subject Description

Engineering is behind everything– from your smartphone and hair styling products to the lights you switch on and the shoes on your feet. So, if you enjoy technology, maths and science at school, you too could be designing cutting-edge technology or developing the next generation of aircraft. Engineering at Thomas Whitham pulls together your maths, science, technology and other knowledge whilst you learn the skills to make things happen.  You will have the opportunity to develop all the skills and attributes to enable you to take the next step into the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector. All of our young engineers have the opportunities to link with local and national companies to bring industrial context and experience to their work and projects.

Future Destinations:

The Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sector employs almost 80,000 people including over 20,000 in aerospace and accounts for nearly one fifth of Lancashire’s £23 billion economy.

The North West aerospace cluster is the largest in Europe and contributes over £7 billion to the UK economy. Thomas Whitham combines academic excellence with work-based skills, providing a different route to University and Degree Apprenticeships. We will be a feeder for the UCLAN Engineering Innovation Centre which is due to open in 2018. The EIC will be equipped to the highest standard with technology demonstration areas and specialist work areas to create an integrated space for teaching, research and knowledge exchange.


BTEC L3 National Award Engineering

Exam Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths
Grade 5 Maths

Extra Curricular Activities

University Discovery Days

Employer linked work experience

Employer linked projects and assignments

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace

This unit gives students an understanding of the key features of health and safety legislation and regulations along with how these are applied in engineering to ensure safe working conditions.

Unit Two

Properties and Applications of Engineering Materials

In this unit the students are given the opportunity to extend their knowledge of engineering materials, their properties and applications.

Unit Three

Engineering Drawing for Technicians

This unit allows for skill development in the production of engineering drawings of different components, assemblies and circuits using a variety of sketching, drawing and computer-aided drafting techniques.


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