The Engineering Faculty consists of Design & Technology, ICT and Business.


To create:

Learners who develop their curiosity, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, so that they can progress successfully through the different curriculum options in the subsequent Key stages of learning and onto further education / careers within the STEM related subjects.

Individuals with these attitudes and transferable skills that will equip our learners for

- their future everyday life;

- the changing digital world;

- exciting and fulfilling STEM related jobs, careers and life opportunities;

- the increasingly complex business world in which we live in and facilitate an environment where they are informed and confident consumers, employees and entrepreneurs. 

To develop an Engineering curriculum to make a difference for all pupils which:

- Gives opportunities to create a culture of high aspirations;

- Meets the needs of all individuals;

- Raises standards of achievement;

- Allows all to achieve success regardless of starting point.


Design and Technology

Clear lines of progression over 7 years ensuring good progress;Offer a broad range of subject knowledge engaging in an iterative process at Key Stage 3 through these stages - Design; Make; Evaluate; Technical knowledgeA range of optional pathways are made available at Key Stage 4 so that students can specialise in areas most relevant to them and their career aspirations –City & Guilds technical award in constructing and maintaining the built environment;Level 1/2 NCFE Tech Award in Engineering (YR10, YR11 & YR12); GCSE Design TechnologyLevel 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Engineering (Year 12)

Information Technology

A Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work which progresses skill sets in a variety of software packages, aimed at giving students skills for life as well as focusing on skills needed to complete different GCSE courses. At KS 4, the course is the BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology (Edexcel) KS 5 New Course Cambridge Technical Level 3 for 2021, to follow on from the modules taught in the BTEC in YEARs 10-11, although could be taken by any student with an interest/passion for IT.

Business Studies

The Business department at Southborough High School aims to develop young people in Business and entrepreneurship. To do this we have chosen to run up-to-date courses and extra-curricular activities that learners can choose from Year 10 with clear lines of progression till the end of Year 13.These include:​GCSE Business Studies, Level 2 BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise (YR10, YR11 & YR12) and at Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Business (YR13), A-Level Economics and Young Enterprise EPQ (YR12)

- Relates to all Faculty departments

- Encourage cross-curricular links with core English, Mathematics and Science skills and embedding them in each of the projects;

Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations;

The learning environment supports the core values of the School, Aspiration (aiming high), Commitment (working hard), Excellence (achieving our best) to give students the full learning experience;

Extra-curricular time offers homework clubs and revision master classes.


Relates to all Faculty departments

The varied KS4 & 5 pathways allow our students to leave Southborough and go on to a range of purposeful destinations as employees, apprentices and University students. We make the difference.The key stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced offering students the opportunity to experience 6 major projects meeting all national curriculum requirements.Students will have the opportunity to select one of three optional subjects at KS4.In the sixth form students make their choices to specialise in A-level and BTEC courses. These courses are all taught by specialist A-level and BTEC teachers and fulfil UCAS entry point requirements for university courses that students may choose post sixth form.Learners in KS4 have a clear progression to KS5 Business courses and an opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities. KS5 courses equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and transferable skills that prepare them for: Higher Education (Business Finance, Business Management and Business Enterprise courses etc.), apprenticeships (in Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources etc.), full-time work (Retail, Sales, Operations etc.) and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Engineering Currriculum

Key Stage 4

NCFE Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering

The course is made up of two components: a non-exam assessment that is internally assessed and worth 60%  and one that’s externally set and assessed worth the remaining 40%. In the firsy year of the course, students will cover the following content areas -

Content area 1: Engineering disciplines
Content area 2: Applied science and mathematics in engineering
Content area 3: Reading engineering drawings
Content area 4: Properties, characteristics and selection of engineering materials
Content area 5: Engineering tools, equipment and machines
Content area 6: Hand-drawn engineering drawings
Content area 7: Computer-aided design (CAD) engineering drawings
Content area 8: Production planning techniques
Content area 9: Applied processing skills and techniques Students will investigate the selection of materials, proprietary components, making processes and disassembly of a given engineered product. They will plan, reproduce, inspect and test a single component.

In the second year of the course, students will investigate and create solutions to problems in response to a set synoptic assessment brief. They will have two opportunities to sit the externally assessed exam (November and March)

The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.


Key Stage 5:

BTEC Tech Award Engineering Level 1 / 2

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering (Qualification Number: 603/0829/1), is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design as part of their  learning programme. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,  which cover the:
• development of key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, making, using computer-aided design (CAD) and disassembly
• knowledge of key engineering sectors (mechanical, electrical/electronic and engineering design) and the interrelation of each in industry
• knowledge of the stages involved in planning and implementing an engineering project
• knowledge and skills involved in the investigation of solutions to engineering problems in response to a given brief.

This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes by broadening the application of ‘design and make’ tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.

Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment
City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Award

This qualification allows you to explore the Construction and Built Environment industry. If you enjoy practical, hands on tasks but also want to discover how buildings are constructed and what happens when they require repair, maintenance or refurbishment then this qualification is for you.

You will explore the structure of the construction and built environment industry in terms of how different people work together to deliver construction projects. You will develop an understanding of what makes a building and how the selection of different materials, affects the overall look and feel. You will have the opportunity to carry out a selection of realistic practical construction tasks related to the repair, maintenance and refurbishment of a building. The qualification has four units:
 · Working in the built environment
· Construction methods and materials
· Maintenance, repair and refurbishment of buildings
· Using tools to construct and maintain buildings

The qualification develops the following knowledge, understanding and skills: 

  • · how people in the construction industry work together to deliver projects
    · an understanding of how and why different materials are used in the construction of buildings
    · how to interpret sources of information used in construction projects
    · producing plans and recommending actions for remedial action for buildings that require repair, maintenance and refurbishment
    · the importance of working safely on construction projects
    · different skills and techniques used in construction projects Level 2 Technical Award in Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment (6720-21) 7
    · how to evaluate skills and techniques.
  • The understanding developed is fundamental to an introduction to any aspect of Construction and Building Services, including:
  • Design and Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction project management
  • Building services engineering specific qualifications (eg Electrical Services, Plumbing)
  • Construction craft qualifications

Curriculum Maps

Design & Technology

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


Year 10

Year 11


Year 10

Year 11


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