Curriculum Lead:                Mr C Rockley



Curriculum Intent

In engineering, our intent is to inspire all young people to be confident and resilient learners, now and in their future endeavours.  We aim to develop their understanding of the engineered world and to embed problem solving skills both as individuals and as members of a team. 

We strive to link work with other disciplines such as mathematics and science. We achieve this by teaching our young people to use their acquired knowledge and skills with confidence and accuracy and by further enhancing their education with an array of enrichment opportunities. 


Programmes of Study: Engineering

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Curriculum Implementation

Teaching in Engineering draws on a wide range of Engineering experience in both industry and education. The facilities include a spacious, modern classroom with a full suite of computers as well as a well-equipped workshop.  Traditional Engineering skills are taught alongside modern CAD / CAM techniques with students gaining experience of using industry standard equipment.

Key Stage 3 Engineering

Students take Engineering for 9 weeks in Year 7 and 9 weeks in Year 8 on the TAC carousel.  As a result, students begin their KS4 studies with a firm base of Engineering knowledge and skills. 

The KS3 curriculum plans can be found via the links below. They set out the order and length of each topic.  Formal assessments take place at the end of each unit of work.

Key Stage 4 Engineering

In Key stage 4, students undertake three NEA units of work, (Non examined assessment) which, along with a final exam, count towards the final grade. 

At KS3 students will be given a homework task once a fortnight. At KS4 this frequency increases to once a week. Homework will often be peer or self-assessed in class, and pupils will receive verbal feedback on their homework where appropriate.

Curriculum Impact


Engineering is a relatively new subject at Bishop Rawstorne but has returned increasingly good results with positive residual scores for the past two years

Pupil voice surveys provide on-going evidence of the quality of teaching and learning in the curriculum area, with students enjoying their lessons, feeling supported by their teachers and relishing the variety of activities they undertake in lessons.


The STEM club (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a very popular afterschool enrichment opportunity for years 7 to 9 and involves the design and building of a Greenpower Electric car. This new car will compliment our existing car and will be raced in the Greenpower Challenge national race series

Careers and Progression

The OCR National level 1 / 2 in Engineering Manufacture qualification is an ideal route into Engineering at college or Engineering or trade apprenticeships. 

Local college courses:

Runshaw College

A Level:

3D Design

Design Engineering


Level 2 Engineering

Level 3 Engineering

T Level:

Engineering (Design and Development) level 3

Wigan and Leigh College

Mechanical Engineering Level 3

Engineering Diploma EMT Level 3

Myerscough College

Advanced Engineering (Motorsport) level 3

Agricultural Engineering Level 3