GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing (2017)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

The CCEA GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing specification is unique in the UK. It provides students with knowledge and understanding of how engineering and manufacturing contribute 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 and developing skills in using manufacturing tools and processes and computer-aided design, this specification relates directly to the engineering and manufacturing industries. It provides students with a good foundation for progressing to apprenticeships or further education in a range of engineering and manufacturing courses.

There is an externally assessed practical examination for Unit 2 that tests students’ skills in using hand tools.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology Area of Learning.

This specification is unitised, so it’s 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.

Skills developed through our GCSE Engineering and Manufacturing

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. It encourages students to apply their knowledge and understanding of engineering and manufacturing using problem-solving skills.

Students develop and use a range of transferable skills when designing and making engineered and manufactured products, enabling them to become effective and independent learners. These transferable skills will benefit students in vocational training and employment.

The specification also encourages students to adopt a positive attitude to sustainable engineering and manufacturing techniques.

For more information on this specification contact:

Judith Ryan
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2133
Nuala Tierney
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2292