AQA GCSE Engineering

Subject Content:

  1. Engineering materials
  2. Engineering manufacturing processes
  3. Systems
  4. Testing and investigation
  5. The impact of modern technologies
  6. Practical engineering skills


Sections 1–6 from the subject content above.
Some questions in the written exam will relate to practical contexts and students will need to apply their understanding within these contexts.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours
120 marks
60% of GCSE


  • Multiple choice questions assessing breadth of knowledge.
  • Short answer questions assessing in depth knowledge, including calculations.
  • Multiple choice questions related to the application of practical engineering skills.
  • Extended response questions drawing together elements of the specification.

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

Students will show;

  • Application of skills, knowledge and understanding in a practical context.
  • Analysis and evaluation of evidence.

How it's assessed:

A brief set by AQA released on 1 June in the first year of study.
80 marks
40% of GCSE


Students produce:

  • Engineering drawings or schematics to communicate a solution to the brief
  • An engineering product that solves a problem

It is anticipated that students opting for this subject have a predicted Grade 6 in mathematics and a Grade 5 in Physics.