The Highcrest Academy



Our Engineering curriculum will inspire students to design and manufacture innovative products to help solve real-world problems. Our teaching facilities are complemented by our exceptionally well-equipped workshop, which contains both manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) subtractive and additive manufacture machine tools.  These are used to develop students’ engineering knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst opening their minds and developing their imagination and creativity skills. We will give our students the opportunities to expand their horizons and build meaningful learning outcomes connected to the real world, in readiness for a future career.


Our curriculum will ensure all students develop both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to solve design briefs. Our curriculum will ensure students gain skills in becoming engineers, designers or craftsman. They will deepen their knowledge and understanding enabling them to make critical and analytical judgements of engineering problems and products. They will expand their experience of engineering through a range of extra-curricular visits that include trips to a range of manufacturing facilities and design-based museums. We will prepare our students for the many opportunities a career within engineering can offer and build skills which are transferable across the world of work.

The Certificate in Engineering Design

At The Highcrest Academy students have the opportunity to study the Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design.

Engineering Design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities.

This qualification is an opportunity for students to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. They’ll use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

This element of the course is broken into four units and is assessed both using examined materials and by assignments.

R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements

Written paper, OCR set and marked

1 hour – 60 marks

R106: Product analysis and research

Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated

R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs

Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated

R108: 3D design realisation

Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated

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