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Engineering is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. Systems Control in Engineering  is the study of microprocessor controls that uses sensors, feedback and actuators that constantly adjust for a desired performance. Through this qualification students explore computer and microprocessor applications and learn how systems are used in engineering environments such as product design, automated manufacturing, maintenance and stock control. Students also take part in engaging practical tasks such as producing simple electronic circuits, testing the operation of circuits, and designing and testing a simple control system.


Exam Qualifications

Cambridge National Level 1 & Level 2 Certificates Exam Board: OCR

Year 9 Options

Choose this subject if...

  • you believe you can achieve well in practical areas of learning and are open-minded to new ideas and thinking.
  • you are self-motivated and can work independently of others.
  • you are focused, taking responsibility for your thoughts and ideas.
  • you are willing to apply yourself to tasks that require drawing/writing, scientific/mathematical as well as computer related knowledge and skills.

Future career / further education options...

Currently there is great interest and need in growing our own skills-based workforce. This includes many areas of the economy that are traditionally associated with the Creative, Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing industries. This vocational qualification offers real life skills that help to prepare students for the changing world they face when moving into the world of employment.


  Component 1 Component 2 Component 3
Name: Principles of electronic and programmable systems Making and testing electronic circuits Developing programmable systems
Assessment: Exam Non-exam assessment Non-exam assessment
Weighting: 1/3 of qualification 1/3 of qualification 1/3 of qualification


Cross-curricular link with STEM based subjects through knowledge and understanding. 

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