Engineering Science is a study of the roles of engineers in society, and of the knowledge and skills modern engineers are likely to have.
Topics and skills covered in the course include:
- Engineering contexts and challenges – types of engineering and engineering projects, economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering; emerging technologies; energy and efficiency.
- Systems and control – the systems approach to engineering; energy systems; open and closed loop control; two state control; proportional control.
- Electronic systems – analogue electronics, including Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s laws, resistors in series and parallel, electrical power, voltage dividers, transistor switching circuits, transistors as drivers, op-amp functions and circuit design; digital electronics including logic circuits, truth tables, Boolean expressions and NAND equivalents; microcontrollers including high-level programming techniques.
- Mechanical systems– motion and forces; mechanisms and drive systems; pneumatic systems; beams and frame structures; and material properties (including analysis of test results).
- Engineering Science is recommended as a pupil choice along with Mathematics, Physics and/or Computing Science – it should not be seen as a replacement for other science subjects.
- Strong skills in Mathematics are required to succeed in Engineering Science.
- There will be regular homework.
- Meeting deadlines and being resilient are important features of being successful in this course – you will be expected to carry out tasks in your own time.
- National 4/5 Engineering Science
- Pupils returning into S5/6 may progress on to Higher following attainment of a passing N5 grade.
College courses that Engineering Science will support entry into include:
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Engineering Systems & Renewables
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical & Automotive Engineering
- Robotics and Automation
- Petroleum Engineering
University courses that Engineering Science will support entry into include:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Product Design Engineering